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The Kite Runner. Khaled Hosseini. Author. Title Page. Themes. Vocab. In your journals…. Movie Trailer. Responsive Writing. Historical Background. Character List. Khaled Hosseini. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini

Kite running is the practice of running after drifting kites in the sky that have been cut loose in kite fighting. Kites are flown and fought in Afghanistan and surrounding regions. The manja or the kite flying string that is used to fly these kites is coated with powdered glass. Kite flyers entangle the manja of their flying kites with each other and try to cut the string of the other by the pull or release method. The winner's kite remains flying while the loser's kite string is cut loose, drifting free with the wind until it falls to the ground. Kite running is the practice of running after these cut kites to try and capture them when they come down; typically the custom is that the person who captures a cut kite can keep it. In cities and towns, the bigger and more expensive looking the kite, the more people can usually be seen running after it to try and capture it as their free prize. Kite running plays a large role in this story, as we will see.1

Khaled HosseiniBorn in Kabul, AfghanistanGranted political asylum by the U.S. in 1980 lived on welfare while his father worked multiple jobsReceived a medical degree but was drawn to writingWhile living in Iran, taught a 31-year-old Hazara man to read and write inspiration for the relationship between Amir & Hassan in The Kite Runner3

Historical BackgroundPashtun/Sunni Muslims vs. Hazara/Shia Muslims1973 Daoud Khan overthrows the current monarchy resistance ensues; Khan is overthrown in 1975 by the same military group that brought him to power1979 Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, doesnt withdraw until a decade later1990s Taliban9/11

It is important that we have an idea/understanding of the time period, as it plays an important role in the relationships and actions of the characters in the story. Pashtuns are the majority in Afghanistan and ran the country beginning around 1747. Hazaras are a minority in Afghanistan. They look different they are the descendants of the Mughal Empire. Traditionally been an oppressed minority, often at the hands of the central government and in society in general. The environment is clearly one of unrest, especially due to all the changes in power.4

Character ListAmir - narrator & protagonist of the story; Babas son - great desire to please his father is the primary motivation for his behavior early in the novel; Hassans best friend jealous of Babas affection towards Hassan; a PashtunHassan Amirs best friend; Babas servant; a Hazara ; loyal, selfless, and braveBaba Amirs father; wealthy, well-respected businessman; tough on Amir & appears more affectionate towards Hassan; believes in doing what is rightAli Hassans father, also a servant of Baba; doesnt outwardly show emotion; poor; walks with a limpAssef the novels antagonist; a racist who wishes to rid Afghanistan of Hazaras; incessantly bullies Amir & Hassan; violent

ThemesRedemptionResilience of the human spiritFriendshipFather & Son relationshipsComing of ageInhumanityWe will refer to these themes throughout the book as we do our reading. Please keep them in mind, as you will have to write a paper at the end of the book that reflects on one of them. We will also do supplemental readings along with the novel that will have overlapping themes. What is redemption? deliverance from sin; atonement for guilt; release; liberation6

Vocabularyunscrupulousgarrulousveracityvaliantmelee

obstinatealoofchortlecontriteaffluentThese will be your vocab words for the weekly quiz on Friday. We will go over them briefly here but you may need to access the PowerPoint at home to complete your vocab sheets. Please remember that to have access to the quiz on Friday, you must come prepared with a completed vocab sheet to show that you have written down the definitions and put in the effort to learn the words. 7Trailer

This is the trailer to the 2007 movie version of The Kite Runner. We will use this as a sneak peek for the book.8

Response WritingI became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but its wrong what they say about the past, Ive learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.Opening passage of the book.9

In your journalsFirst, write down your initial reactions to this passage. What does it make you feel, what images come to mind, what do you think the writer is talking about, what is the tone, etc. Second, think of a time in your own life (up until this point) that you believe has helped shape who you are, whether good or bad. Have name randomizer PowerPoint available for students to share their responses aloud with the class.10