The Kite Runner ~ Reading Response #1

“Sometimes, up in those trees, I talked Hassan into firing walnuts with his slingshot at the neighbor’s one-eyed German shepherd. Hassan never wanted to, but if I asked, really asked, he wouldn’t deny me.” (Hosseini 3-4)

“My favorite part of reading to Hassan was when we came a big word that he didn’t know. I’d tease him, expose his ignorance… ‘Let’s see. Imbecile. It means smart, intelligent. I’ll use it in a sentence for you. When it comes to words, Hassan is an imbecile.’

‘Aaah,’ he said, nodding.

I would always feel guilty about it later.” (Hosseini 28-29)

In the book, two friends, Amir and Hassan, grow up together. Hassan is a servant for Amir’s family and is illiterate. Amir, however, goes to school and knows how to read and write. Amir reads stories to Hassan who likes to listen to the stories Amir tells him. Amir takes advantage of his friend, a lot, who doesn’t even know he is being taken advantage of. Hassan believes him and doesn’t even become a little suspicious. If Amir keeps taking advantage of Hassan, even though he feels guilty about it after, he might get Hassan into trouble or embarrass Hassan who probably thinks he is learning a lot of big words that he might be able to use. If Amir wants to stay friends with Hassan he should probably stop taking advantage of him and tell him the truth.


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