Hassan and Amir

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The Kite Runner
Section B:
1. Summary
The first section of the book was mainly about the call Amir received last summer from a friend in Pakistan named Rahim Khan. Rahim Khan asked Amir to come to Pakistan to see him. Next in the second section, while looking through history books, Amir discovered information on the Hazara. They had a war during the nineteenth century, but it was brutally suppressed by the Pashtuns. The book mentions some of the derogatory names they are called, including mice-eating and flat-nosed, and says part of the reason for the enemy is because the Hazara are Shia Muslim while the Pashtuns are Sunni Muslim. Furthermore, Baba tells him that there is only one sin: theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. Murdering a man, for instance, is stealing his life. He calls Mullah Fatiullah Khan and men like him idiots. Finally, the story jumps back in time to 1993, two young men who are driving while drunk and high hit and kill Ali’s parents. Amir’s grandfather takes the young Ali in, and Ali and Baba grow up together. Baba, however, never calls Ali his friend. Similarly, because of their ethnic and religious differences, Amir says as a child he never thought of Hassan as a friend. Amir often read to Hassan, who was illiterate under their favourite tree.

2. Questions
* How would you describe the relationship between the two boys? What makes them so different in the way they behave with each other? * What is it that makes Amir inflict small cruelties on Hassan? * Why didn’t Hassan go to school like Amir instead of cleaning the house and getting groceries every morning? * What is Amir and Hassan’s favourite tree named?

* How would you describe Baba as a man with power in Kabul?

3. Important Passage
“That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve 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...
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