Kite Runner

In: Historical Events

Submitted By nickyg805
Words 1168
Pages 5
In the beginning of the story “The Kite Runner”, the narrator known as Amir begins by quoting, “I became what I am today at the age of twelve” (Hosseini, 1). He describes a mysterious crumbling mud wall and an alley besides a frozen creek in the year 1975. He then states that he has been “peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty- six years” (Hosseini, 1). Something is obviously bothering him, but it really takes affect after a chilling phone call from an old family friend Rhami Khan, in Pakistan. To Amir, it isn’t just Rahim Khan on the line; it is his past which is filled with sin for which he never reconciled for. After hanging up, Amir goes for a walk along Spreckels Lake on the Northern edge of Golden Gate Park where he sees a pair of kites soaring in the sky. They remind him of his childhood friend Hassan, the hair lipped kite runner who had once told Amir “for you a thousand times over” (Hosseini, 67). Everything from 1975 floods back into his mind and he starts to remember how he became who he is today. Amir starts to remember his childhood memories of him and Hassan climbing the popular tree in the drive way of his father’s home and playing with mirrors to reflect sunlight into the windows of the neighbor’s houses. He describes their boyish misbehavior due on his part and by always taking advantage of Hassan who he says would never deny him of anything. Hassan is the type of character who would do anything for Amir, always accepting responsibility. Amir motherless and living with his father, known as “Baba” (Hosseini, 11); live in one of the most beautiful home in his district in Northern part of Kabul, Afghanistan. His father is wealthy and influential, but it is apparent that he does not share quality time with Amir...