1. The flashback is used to give a history behind the story and also background information about the author. Based on the narrator, I learned that he does not have a mother and his father is very popular in his town. In the first chapter, the description of the winter day in 1975 sounds as if the narrator is hiding something as well. They might be burying their past, but it also states that it always claws its way out, foreshadowing an event that might occur.
He also moved to San Francisco to get away or avoid thinking about the past.
2. Hassan is a harelipped (cleft lip) kite runner, his best friend or play mate is Amir who is rich, the opposite of Hassan. Hassan has a round face like a Chinese doll, flat broad nose, slanting green narrow eyes, tiny ears, and pointed stub chin. A cleft lip is a birth defect that usually appears as a missing part of the upper lip that can extend towards the nose.
Harelip is another term for cleft lip, but is considered an offensive way to say it. He was also poor and he was not close to a lot of people. Hassan’s relationship based on his friendship with Amir, is that he was loyal to him and never told on his friends, he was easily persuaded to do things even when he knew he would upset his father.
Hassan’s first word was Amir and I believe this was important because he was special to him. Just like a baby learning their first words such as “mama” or “dada”, Amir was Hassan’s first word, which as a result shows a significant meaning between how close they are towards each other. Hassan and Amir were both nursed by the same woman, and it is known that people who were fed from the same breasts have a kinship and even share a brotherhood.
The contrast between Hassan and Amir would be that, Hassan is poor, Hazara Shi’a Muslim, lives in a mud shack, he runs for the kite, humble, athletic, loyal, intelligent, and always read Amir’s mind. Amir was wealthy, educated, higher class, Pashtun, controls the kite, clumsy, selfish, jealous, and his father was known in the town unlike Ali, Hassan’s father.
3. A Hazara is known to be a group of people in a minority group that are somewhat treated like slaves and were consider as the lower caste. In the novel, Ali, Sanaubar, and Hassan were Hazaras. 4. A Pashtun or also known as the Sunnis are majority groups that are considered as people from the higher caste system. Which also meant that they were given more respect by the community while Hazaras were not known?
Amir, Rahim Khan, and Amir’s Baba are Pashtuns. 5. Amir’s Baba built the house they live in, and it is also the biggest house in the town. Amir elaborates on how his house looks to explain how much his wealth they had and also to reflect on the memories he has while growing up there. His vivid description made it sound like he felt safe, happy, and comfortable in that home in Kabul. 6. Sanubar is Hassan’s mother who ran off with a clan of travelling singers and dancers after his birth.
This contrast to Amir’s mother because his mother went through hemorrhaged during childbirth with him and died. She was young and beautiful, had a dishonorable reputation, as a result making her leave Ali and Hassan. 7. Ali was Hassan’s father and the children called him “Babalu” or “Boogeyman” because he has polio so he had difficulties while walking and he also had paralysis on the lower part of his face which made it hard for him to make any facial expressions such as smiling or frowning. 8. Amir feels that his relationship with his father is very distant. Though Amir wants to be close with his father, he does feel the love and worth he desires from his Baba. 9.
The King’s cousin is Daoud Khan, who had ended the King’s forty-year reign with a bloodless coup, because the King, his cousin, was away in Italy. 10. Baba is Amir’s father. He built the most beautiful house in Kabul, and also strived to build and own an orphanage with his own funds and workers. He relates to extremely religious leaders because he is wealthy, popular, adventurous, and trustworthy. 11. Baba’s gift to Hassan was more than just a material object. For his birthday, he gave Hassan a man standing next to Ali named Dr. Kumar, who was a surgeon that was going to fix his cleft lip (plastic surgery).
Amir was angry and jealous once again because he did not receive a special gesture that he was providing to Hassan, which made him angrier because he was Baba’s son, not Hassan. This present was ironic because when Hassan got his surgery, it allowed him to smile, but he that’s when he stopped smiling. 12. Assef is the son of one of Baba’s friends. His father was an airline pilot, and his mother was German and his father was Afghan. Assef was popular for his stainless steel brass knuckles and he was the biggest bully in their town. 13. Wali and Kamal are friends or sidekicks of Assef who follow him and his orders.
They both take part in bullying others who Assef dislikes and hates. They would look up to Assef as their God and they would do as he would say, even laugh when Assef did. 14. Assef starts teasing Hassan and calling him names, so Amir tries to stand up for him so Assef begins picking on Amir instead. Hassan decides to take a rock and slingshot and stands up for Amir by threatening Assef if he wanted to lose his eye or just walk away. Assef’s tries to back himself up by stating that he is a very patient person that this isn’t the end, and Hassan made a big mistake. That he would get him, and He’ll be back.
This foreshadows that there is something bad that will occur, with the words that Assef drops as he leaves Hassan and Amir. 15. Amir finds this ironic because when Hassan gets the surgery, he tries to stop from smiling. 16. Amir wants to tell Assef that Hassan is not his friend and that he is only his slave at home and only that, nothing else. VOCABULARY CHAPTERS 1-5 Affluent- To have wealth, or types or goods “Everyone agreed that.. a new and affluent neighborhood in the northern part of Kabul. ” Intricate- Complex, many elements “Intricate, mosaic tiles, handpicked by Baba in Isfahan, covered the floors of the four bathrooms. ”
Notoriously- Well know, but infamous “People had raised their eyebrows, when Ali, a man who had memorized the Korin, married Sanubar, a woman 19 years younger, a beautiful yet notoriously unscrupulous woman. ” Unscrupulous- Not able to be trusted (same as above) Congenital- Born with a medical condition “…Ali had a congenital paralysis of his lower facial muscles. ” Oscillating- To move regularly back and forth “I have heard that Sanubar’s suggestive stride and oscillating hips sent men to reveries of infidelity. ” Reveries- To daydream (same as above) Garrulous- Tiresomely talking.
“As confided to a neighbor’s servant by the garrulous midwife, who had then in turn told anyone who would listen, Sanubar had taken one glance at the baby in Ali’s arms, seen the cleft lip, and barked a bitter laughter. ” Veracity- Truthfulness “But no one ever doubted the veracity of any story about Baba. ” Obstinate- Difficult to manage “Of course, Baba refused, and everyone shook their heads in dismay at his obstinate ways. ” Havoc- Devastation “He was preparing his speech for the next day, flipping through a havoc of handwritten pages, making notes here and there with a pencil. ” Virtuous- Moral excellence
Chortle- A snorting laugh or chuckle “But a chortle escaped my nose, and made a snorting sound. ” Aloofness- To be distant, physically or emotionally “That was how I escaped my father’s aloofness in my dead mother’s books. ” Melee- Violent free-for-all “A chapandaz, a highly skilled horseman, usually patronized by rich aficionados, has to snatch a goat or cattle carcass from the midst of a melee. ” Valiant- To be brave, case of bravery “Mostly, I will never forget Baba’s valiant efforts to conceal the disgusted look on his face as he drove in silence. ” Contrite- Feeling regret or sorrow for another’s actions.
“The police brought the somewhat contrite young men and the dead couple’s 5 year old orphan boy before my grandfather. ” Impeccable- Flawless “Before my grandfather, who was a high regarded judge, and a man of impeccable reputation. ” Vehemently- Forced emotion or expression “Their father argued, but not to the word vehemently, and in the end, everyone agreed that the punishment has been perhaps harsh but fair. ” Imbecile- A stupid or silly person Nemesis- An enemy you will never overcome “Rostam mortally wounds his valiant nemesis. ” Feigned- Not real, fiction, fake, cover.