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For you, A Thousand Times Over --Book report of The Kite Runner  

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Part 1 Outline

The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, narrated a complicated story between Amir and Hassan, two Afghan boys who had been fed from the same breast but separated by hierarchy, religious belief and the turbulence of their nation. Brotherhood, friendship and loyalty, together with sin, confession and redemption, are threads of the whole book, revealing the contradictory human natures beneath the chaos where the two were engaged.

 

Part 2 Plot

Amir, the son of a rich and eminent merchant, lived in Afghanistan together with Hassan, the son of Ali, the servant of his house. Both boys were equally treated by Amir’s father regardless of their status or religious belief.

However, the peace was fiercely torn into pieces when Hassan, running after a flying kite to win honor for Amir during a kite race, was brutally raped by bullies. Amir witnessed the whole process, but didn’t dare to stand out to protect him. The tragedy left the rest of his life in agony and guilt even though he immigrated to America as refugee years after expelling Hassan with dirty trick.

Decades later, on hearing that Hassan’s death attributing to defending his house, and that Hassan was actually his half-brother with the same father, Amir returned to Afghanistan only to find Hassan’s son Sohrab suffering from terrible treatment of the orphanage. To confess and remedy his previous fault, Amir risked his life to rescue Sohrab from the fire of war and managed to take him to America, which brought him relief to some extent.

 

Part 3 Character

Amir is by no means a brave man, and can hardly be regarded as a decent one. He denied his fault and fabricated that it was Hassan’s mistake; he tricked Hassan frequently only to test his loyalty. The most unforgivable mistake might be choosing to endure the brutality of the bullies and retreated instead of taking the plunge to save Hassan. However, Amir’s conscience had kept reminding him of the sin he had committed, and drawing him towards his redemption eventually. From Amir, both sides of human nature have been fully revealed to readers, which assembled a genuine human being with complex characteristics, rather than a hero that was flawless and unreal.

When it comes to Hassan, the first word that occurs to me is “loyalty”. With humble humanity that matched his appearance, Hassan would do anything for his lord, Amir, just as he put it “For you, a thousand times over”. It seems that he was born to protect Amir, and accept the latter’s immature behaviors unconditionally.

For instance, Hassan excelled at kite running and slingshot, which brought him and Amir both glory and catastrophe for irrigating Assef and other bullies. Yet even under the situation of being raped, Hassan never surrendered to give up the kite to Assef. Years later, his loyalty finally killed him when he sacrificed himself to prevent invaders of Taliban from breaking in Amir’s house.

Hassan’s low status and brave characteristic led to all these consequences that were in any case too cruel for a boy to undergo. Yet he accepted it. Silently. Wearing the expression of a lamb. Not even making any sound of pain.

Despite Amir and Hassan, the author portrayed several important characters vividly. Amir’s father was excellent enough to shock generations of people and never gave a fig for doctrines of Islam. Amir’s wife, soft and elegant, couldn’t give birth to a baby however, which appeared to be a severe punishment for Amir’s sin. Assef and his partners couldn’t be more evil and ugly when insulting Hassan. Together, these people symbolized certain type of people in the Afghan society where brutality and discrimination kept endlessly stalking around.

 

Part 4 Language

I would appreciate the detailed action and emotion descriptions that help reflect even the slightest swings of people’s moods and situations they were in. Among these, the portrait of Amir’s father fascinated me most. The author adopted several analogies to describe the man’s noble appearance and his great influence

·My father was a force of nature, a towering Pashtun specimen with a thick beard, a wayward crop of curly brown hair as unruly as the man himself, would “drop the devil to his knees begging for mercy”. At parties, when all six-foot-five of him thundered into the room, attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun.

Despite the subtle descriptions above, numerous thought-provoking sentences also struck me.

·There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft.

·Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba.

·There was a brotherhood between people who had been fed from the same breast, a kinship that not even time could break.

·A boy who would not stand up for himself becomes a man who cannot stand up to anything.

 

Part 5 Thoughts

Complicated feelings flooded into my heart after finishing the book. Angry as I was with Amir’s cowardice, I felt sorry for him because he himself was to some extent forced by the cruel society to be cruelty towards the underprivileged. On another aspect, I was greatly moved by Hassan’s virtue while slightly annoyed by his “cowardice” that differed from that of Amir’s. Amir was extremely afraid of losing his father’s concern and being bullied, while Hassan surrendered to nothing but Amir’s order.

A saying goes that “Tragedy is good things destroyed”, and the book perfectly explained it. It seems that even a thousand splendid suns couldn’t rip away the long live shadow beyond the unrest nation. However, the closest relationship between the two boys seemed to be destined and lasted regardless of fading time.

The most touching remark of Hassan fully expressed his loyalty and sincerity to Amir—“For you, a thousand times over”. It is a commitment to his most important person in life, a fact that he kept realizing, and a prophecy indicating that only when Amir repaid his devotion by raising his son could the former live in relief rather than anxiety and remorse.

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