Journal Entries on the Kite Runner

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QHSS Vikas Peddu

Journal entry #1

In the first ten chapters of The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini focuses on the theme “Friendships take years to build, but only moments to destroy”. For example, Amir and Hassan have been friends since they were born, they built their friendship until the day of the kit fighting tournament. When Hassan ran the runner ups kite he ran into Assef, who was seeking revenge for being insulted by Hassan earlier in the year. Assef deemed that rape would be a proper punishment for the insult. Unbeknownst to Assef as well as Hassan Amir was watching everything. If he wanted to, he could have intervened and stopped his revenge but chose to watch instead, ruining his friendship instantly. Ali and Baba’s grew up together, and therefore had a sturdy friendship that almost nothing could ruin. Feeling ashamed about not intervening between Assef and Hassan had scarred Amir, for he could no longer look at Hassan as a friend. Because of this, Amir planted money in Hassan’s bed and made it look like he stole if from him. This resulted in Ali becoming so ashamed of Hassan that they moved out of the house.

The main conflict in the first ten chapters is obviously about how Amir ruins not only his friendship with Hassan, but also how he ruins Baba’s friendship with Ali. Amir feels ashamed of himself for ruining both friendships, and he realizes what I believe is the theme: “Friendships take years to build, but only moments to destroy”. I believe the author’s attitude in the first ten chapters is reflective of the Amir and Hassan’s friendship. While they are friends the mood and tone stay bright, but after Hassan gets raped, the mood and tone become more melancholy. The theme also made me think about how I should be careful about what I do around my friends, because one bad move can ruin an entire friendship. Journal entry #2

Chapters 11-23 of The Kite Runner begins with Amir trying to get redemption for not helping...
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