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Kite Runner. By Khaled Hosseini. Setting. Kabul, Afghanistan Late 1970s-Early 1980s. Fremont, California 1980s-Early 2000s . Historical Background. The nation of Afghanistan emerged in 1747. Monarchy was established. Great Britain and Russia vie for power. A buffer state. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Kite Runner

Kite RunnerBy Khaled Hosseini

SettingKabul, AfghanistanLate 1970s-Early 1980sFremont, California1980s-Early 2000s

Historical BackgroundThe nation of Afghanistan emerged in 1747.Monarchy was established.Great Britain and Russia vie for power. A buffer state

Hist. Background Cont.The Cold WarAfghanistan attempted to become a more modern nation to strengthen its position in the world.United States vs. Soviet UnionThe Peoples Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) formed in 1965.

Hist. Background Cont.The TalibanOriginsPolitical reformsSocial reformsOppositionSeptember 11, 2001

RegionalConflictsPolitical

Ethnic

Religious

IslamMuhammad

Quran (Koran)

Allah

Religions of the book

Divisions of Islam

Ethnic DiversityPashtunMajoritySunni Middle Eastern attributesUpper classHazaraMinorityShiaMongolian attributesServant class

The Kite Runner: Titles SignificanceKite FightingKite Running

Introduction to the NovelSynopsis A story of strained family relationships between a father and son as well as two brothers and how they weather the political and social transformation of Afghanistan from the 1970s-2001.

Characters

Amir, the narrator and protagonist BabaAliHassanRahim KhanAssef

StyleComing-of-Age NovelPhysical growthPsychological growthMoral growth

Literary DevicesFlashbackForeshadowingInterior MonologueImagery Motifs (Rape & Irony)Symbolism Themes

SymbolismKites

Books

The lamb

The cleft lip

ThemesIdentity and self-discoveryGuilt and redemptionFather and son relationshipsInfluence of political events on personal livesPersistence of the pastPersonal honorAbuse of powerAssimilation and acculturation