Our story is set in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1975, before the russian invasion. The main character, Amir, is looking back at his childhood and how it has had a profound effect on his life.
Amir’s father, Baba is a cold, hard man who is disappointed in his sun. he is a successful businessman. They are of the high-caste Pashtun, and one sunni muslims. Amir’s best friend is hassan, who is son of the severnt Ali. They are low-caste Hazara, and are Shi’a muslims.
Amir is the leader, and hassan is the follower. hassan is uneducated,whereas amir loves poetry, reading and writing which disappoints his father who wants him to like football.
Rahim Khan is Babas friend who is kin and shows an interest in Amir and his writing.
Farsi is the language of Afghanistan, and there are the numerous Farsi and muslim words used in the novel for example :
Inshallah = God willing
Kochi = nomads
Buzkashi = annual tournament featuring horsemen
Namaz = Daily prayers
Forgive? But theft was the one unforgivable sin, the common denominator of all sins. When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing. Hadn’t Baba sat me on his lap and said those words to me? Then how could he just forgive Hassan? And if Baba could forgive that, then why couldn’t he forgive me for not being the son he’d always wanted? Why –
Amir decides “one of us has to go” – Why?
Amir then says “Then I understand: this was Hassan’s final sacrifice for me” -Explain…
Hassan is so loyal to amir that he will do anything to protect him. everyone knows that hassan would never lie so they believed him
Hassan says that he did steal the watch- Why?
Why was Baba so upset that he cried?
Ali was like a brother to him and he loved hassan like a son and he also forgave hassan for stealing thw watch and money