The Kite Runner ~ Reading Response #3

“… spending a day like that with Baba, hearing his stories. I finally had what I’d wanted all those years. Except now that I had it, I felt as empty as this unkempt pool I was dangling my legs into.” (Hosseini 85)

Earlier in the book, before this excerpt, Amir and Hassan were in a big kite battle and won. Amir and Hassan’s kite was the last one in the sky. Amir however, wanted the blue kite that was falling so that he could show it to his father and then hi father might love him more. Hassan is one of the greatest kite runners ever so he runs of to catch the kite for his friend. After a while, Hassan never comes back so Amir goes out to look for him. Amir finally spots Hassan in an alley with the blue kite. However, he is trapped because Assef, the bully, and Assef’s two friends have confronted him. Amir just stands there peeking aroun the corner, watching. First they ask Hassan for the kite but he says, no it is for Amir. Hassan doesn’t end up giving them the kite but he is hurt by Assef. Amir however runs off acting as if he never saw what had happened. He soon sees Hassan walking back with the blue kite and thanks him for getting it, and doesn’t mention a thing about what happened. Hassan got the kite for his friend and wanted to give it to him no matter what the expense was. Amir ends up showing the kite to his dad, Baba, who is very pleased. Hassan, however, stays in his shack ‘sleeping’ because he is tired. Amir now hangs out with his dad more, as seen from the excerpt above, but he doesn’t hang out with Hassan anymore. The flag made Amir’s father happy and his friend sad. Although now that he has his father he probably feels empty, still, because he no longer has his friend.

If Hassan had given Assef the kite, Amir probably wouldn’t want to be Hassan’s friend anymore although Hassan probably wouldn’t be in his shack all the time either. They might have even made up and become friends again.

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