Kite Runner Questions 1-3 1. The book doesn’t really give a detailed description of Amir but he is referred to as a Pashtun and pashtuns have dark hair and eyes and olive colored skin .
In my opinion Amir is a coward and this is evident by the way he renounces Hassan as a friend and referrers to him as a mere servant because he fears what Assef would do to him if he was truly friends with Hassan ,does nothing to help Hassan when he is raped and after that instance Amir is too afraid to face Hassan and he frames him so he and Ali are sent away and he can escape his guilty conscious.Amir is also very selfish all he thinks about is himself he hate it when Baba showers attention on anyone other than himself and he hates that Baba talks more affectionately of Hassan than himself and he also seems to have a superiority complex and refers to Hassan as a simple Hazara when it suits him. 2. Hassan is described as having a “Chinese doll face chiseled from hard wood: his flat broad nose and slanting, narrow eyes like bamboo leaves , eyes that looked , depending on the light, gold, green, even sapphire.I can still see his tiny low set ears and that pointed stub of a chin , a meaty appendage that looked like it was added as a mere afterthought. And the cleft lip , just left of midline…”. Hassan has a very compassionate, loyal, and submissive personality . Hassan’s loyalty evident thought the text with Hassan’s favorite phrase “for you a thousand times over” always to please Amir his “master”.
Hassan loves Amir his first word was amir and since then tried to prove himself to him.Even in the very end when Amir betrays him he saves amir by lying that he stole a watch which he didn’t , if Hassan had told the truth he would have been believed but he was loyal to Amir. Hassan was always loyal no matter how may times Amir had publicly renounced him as his friend . Hassan has a very submissive character as well. When Amir barrages Hassan with pomegranates he does nothing to defend himself even when he is insulted he would not defend himself. 3.
Baba is described as having a thick beard, a wayward crop of curly brown hair as unruly as the man himself, hands that looked capable of uprooting a willow tree, and a black glare that would “drop the devil to his knees begging for mercy,” as Rahim Khan used to say. At parties, when all six-foot-five of him thundered into the room, attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun”. Baba has a strong fearless personality he also has a hot temper. Baba defend the honor of the woman in the truck and was almost shot because of it .Baba is also rumored to have fought a bear and won . Baba often snaps at Amir like when they were together in the garden and Baba shook with anger when amir suggested getting new slaves . Baba is often very distant with Amir which causes him to feel unacknowledged many times. 4.
Ali is described as having “… congenital paralysis of his lower face muscles, a condition that rendered him unable to smile and left him perpetually grimfaced…But polio had left Ali with a twisted, atrophied right leg that was sallow skin over bone with little in between except a paper-thin layer of muscle..
.I watched him swing his scraggy leg in a sweeping arc, watched his whole body tilt impossibly to the right every time he planted that foot. It seemed a minor miracle he didn’t tip over with each step…
Ali’s face frightened some of the younger children in the neighborhood. … Some had taken to calling him Babalu, or Boogeyman. ”. Ali is submissive and gracious.
Ali’s submissive character is apparent when he doesn’t defend himself when he is insulted not when the children do it and not when his wife does it either.Ali is also gracious because he buys Amir an expensive handwritten book even though he is very poor. 5. Sanuabar is described as being “a beautiful but notoriously unscrupulous woman who lived up to her dishonorable reputation. Like Ali, she was a Shi’a Muslim and an ethnic Hazara. ”. Though Sanuabar was beautiful is was a horrible mean spirited woman in my opinion.
She absolutely horrid to Ali when she aid things like “This is a husband? ” she would sneer. I have seen old donkeys better suited to be a husband. ” and “There, ” she had said. “Now you have your own idiot child to do all your smiling for you! ” She had refused to even hold Hassan, and just five days later, she was gone. ”. I think she was incredibly selfish she only cared about herself she acknowledged only things that would help and advance her leaving a husband and a one week baby behind.
6. This question is difficult to answer because Sofia is not mentioned very much in the book.All that was said was that she a “highly educated woman universally regarded as one of Kabul’s most respected, beautiful, and virtuous ladies” Sofia is beautiful and is Baba’s only true love throughout the book and she seems to be a sweet benevolent person and Sofia really doesn’t do anything in the book so it is difficult to justify this through the text. 7. Baba has a strong dislike for religious mullahs as evident in this quote “Baba gestured with his glass. The ice clinked. “I mean all of them. Piss on the beards of all those self-righteous monkeys.
. Obviously Baba hates religious mullahs and doesn’t think much higher of their teachings “They do nothing but thumb their prayer beads and recite a book written in a tongue they don’t even understand. ” He took a sip. “God help us all if Afghanistan ever falls into their hands. “. Baba thinks the mullahs don’t what they are teaching and are in fact teaching the wrong things as evident in this quote “Now, no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft”.
8.Baba’s statement “God help us all if Afghanistan ever falls into their [mullahs] hands” if for shadowing of what is to come in Afghanistan because it does in fact come true. Afghanistan is seized by the mullahs and they impose strict religious rules and people who don’t adhere to these rules were killed. 9.. Baba believes that theft is the greatest sin because he was personally affected by it when“ When Baba was six, a thief walked into my grandfather’s house in the middle of the night. My grandfather, a respected judge, confronted him, but the thief stabbed him in the throat, killing him instantly–and robbing Baba of a father.
That’s why theft is the greatest sin according to Baba. 10. I think that it was very difficult for Amir to find out things form other people. I think that Amir must have felt like he didn’t belong . I think that Amir didn’t feel as though he was truly accepted by Baba because family’s share secrets and if Baba never told him anything he must have felt terrible . Furthermore I believe that this made Amir feel guilty for “killing his mother” he felt as though Baba resented him and that’s why he was always treated like an outsider by Baba.
11.Amir thinks that his father hates him a little because of the why Baba treats him “I kept stealing glances at Baba sitting with Rahim Khan on the roof, wondered what he was thinking. Was he cheering for me? Or did a part of him enjoy watching me fail? ”Amir was always longing for his fathers attention and affection but he never received it Baba pushed him away because he and Baba had nothing in common and amir wasn’t what Baba wanted for a son and on top of that Amir thinks that Baba hates him because he killed his mother the love of Baba’s life. 2. I think that Amir both loves and hates Baba.
Amir loves Baba because he is his father and loves him and is always truing to impress him “I kept stealing glances at Baba sitting with Rahim Khan on the roof, wondered what he was thinking.Was he cheering for me? Or did a part of him enjoy watching me fail? ” but I think he hates him because he doesn’t receive patriarchal love from his father . 13. At the end of chapter three Amir over hears this conversation “Now who’s oversimplifying? ” Baba said. Look, I know there’s a fondness between you and him and I’m happy about that. Envious, but happy. I mean that.
He needs someone who… Understands him, because God knows I don’t.
But something about Amir troubles me in a way that I can’t express. It’s like…
” I could see him searching, reaching for the right words. He lowered his voice, but I heard him anyway. “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he’s my son. ” Baba renounces his son in must have devastates a young boy vying for his fathers approval.