The Kite Runner Ending

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How does Hosseini present the ending of ‘The Kite Runner’? The final chapter of ‘The Kite Runner is a deeply emotional and reflective one. It interchanges between a retrospective and current set of events. The mood also varies from positive to negative throughout the chapter, signifying the emotional roller coaster that Amir has been forced to endure since his childhood. Although now, at 38 years of age, he is much wiser and calculated and this is shown here, he appreciates the so called littler things in life and takes as much enjoyment out of life as possible. “It was only a smile, nothing more.” Here, we can sense the jubilation in Amir’s voice as he witnesses a smile from Sohrab. The reader may initially think that this is something so mundane and ordinary that it doesn’t warrant such an overdramatic response, but given the recent silence that Sohrab has put himself under ever since arriving in America, all Amir is doing is appreciating what he clearly feels as a wonderful moment. “But I’ll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting.” Here we see Amir applying his wisdom in a metaphorical sense, as he hopes the smile is a sign that Sohrab’s characterisation is about to alter and that he will become a more happier person. Of course, this then allows the reader to warm to the two characters. The last chapter is heart-warming in the sense that we see Amir return to his childhood, as he flies a kite for the first time since the winter of 1975. “The last time I felt a rush like this was that day in winter 1975. The reader is presented with an exuberant Amir, evident by the language he has selected. The reader also finds it pleasing to see how Amir has recalled a positive moment from the winter of 1975 and not being overshadowed by the rape of Hassan. Although it is unlikely that Amir will ever be able to forget that, Hosseini has purposefully constructed that memory...
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