Kite Fighting in Kabul

A kite flying in the air, suddenly gets struck and cut down by another kite. This is an average activity in the city of Kabul. It is called kite fighting. Amir’s life in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, is represented by the big kite fighting tournament in Kabul that Amir and Hassan try so hard to win. The first item that relates Amir’s life to the big kite fight is how Hassan stays by Amir’s side and helps him in the kite fight (his kite runner), just like throughout Amir’s life Hassan is always lingering with Amir.

Even if Hassan is not there physically, his presence still crosses Amir’s mind many times. Hassan lives within Amir throughout his whole life.

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One case of when Hassan pops up in Amir’s mind is when he is leaving Farid’s house he says, “Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress,” (Hosseini 242).

Even twenty-six years later Amir is still thinking about what he did to Hassan’s life and ultimately his own. Amir constantly is thinking about what he did to Hassan and his dad, and how different it would be if he had not put the money and watch under his mattress. During the kite fight Hassan sticks by Amir for every second of the fight, just like Hassan stays in Amir’s mind for his whole life. To add to the argument Hassan was also still with Amir when Rahim Khan comes to talk to Amir and says, “Ali was sterile, Rahim Khan said. No he wasn’t. He and Sanaubar had Hassan, didn’t they? They had Hassan.. No they didn’t, Rahim Khan said,” (Hosseini 222). Hassan was all along Amir’s brother. This was after Hassan had died too, so even beyond the grave Hassan was still affecting Amir. Not only was Amir affected by this, he finally connected all of the dots to things like why Baba never forgot Hassan’s birthday, or why Baba seemed to like their Hazara servant just as much as …

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