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The Kite Runner ~ Reading Response #2

“Hassan held the slingshot pointed directly at Assef’s face. His hand trembled with the strain of the pulled elastic band and beads of sweat erupted on his brow.

‘Please leave us alone, Agha,’ Hassan said in a flat tone.” (Hosseini 42)

In this part of the book, a bully, Assef, confronts Amir and Hassan. Assef doesn’t like how Amir hangs out with a Hazara, Hassan, and gets out his brass knuckles. Assef is right about to beat up Amir when Hassan gets out his slingshot and tells Assef to go away. Hassan thinks that Amir is his friend and stands up for the both of them while Amir is lost in thought, wondering if he considers Hassan a friend or servant. Amir doesn’t stand up for himself and not even for Hassan. Hassan however stands up for the both of them to one of the worst bullies ever. Hassan feels like he should protect Amir and wants to do anything for him. This might hurt Hassan in the long run or at least get him into trouble. Amir probably won’t stand up for him either unless something happens and Amir becomes more confident in himself to stand up for his friend and himself.

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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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They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky ~ Reading Response #5

“Any visitor who came to the camp could only go around the community accompanied by three officers. When they came to visit our house, one officer would arrive first and instruct us, “There is a visitor, so please keep quiet and we will explain everything to him.” They didn’t want us to speak. If the visitor asked about something, they were ready with an answer that made themselves look good.”

In this part of the book, which is nearing the end, they are stuck in a camp where officers do not let anyone escape and everyone is stuck in the middle of nowhere where they can’t be found. If someone does come the officers make everyone else quiet and make themselves look great by acting that everyone was fine and they didn’t need anything. All of the boys however, belived that the officers were telling the complete opposite of what was really happening which made them really angry. If I was one of those boys I would try to tell the visitor the real truth without letting the officers see or notice me. The boys are stuck in a camp run by ruthless officers and if they try to escape they are cruely punished. If I was in that situation I would feel like there is no reason to continue and if I escaped I would just be returned.

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They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky ~ Reading Response #4

“We ran into a person from the Acholi tribe and he gave us directions. But Joseph realized this person wasn’t directing us well. Joseph said, ‘Follow me.’”

Right now in the book, it is really hard to trust strangers and pretty much anybody because you can never know whether or not they are telling the truth. They might even lead you into an ambush. On the other hand, they might tell you the right directions. Or just lead you in circles. Fortunately, Joseph has a faint knowledge of the corect direction. If they didn’t have Joseph, they might have been caught by tribes or worse.

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They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky ~ Reading Response #3

“One night that lion, nyanjuan, came while we were sleeping. It picked up a boy sleeping near me. ‘Help, help,’ I cried.

     All I saw was a blur of his body and heard his last cry echoing as he disappeared into darkness. In the morning we found the blood and some remnants, his hand, legs, and head. His eyes had been gashed all out. When the nyanjuan eats you, it gashes out the eyes, eats the guts and stomach, and only leaves legs and hands so that you cannot be recognized. When you don’t have eyes, it is terrible.” (Alepho 115)

          This excerpt from, They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky, states just one example of a danger the Lost Boys encountered. These boys are being pushed away from their villages, seperated from their families, and stuck in a forest where they have to worry every night about being bombed, or eaten by a lion just because of a war which they don’t even understand. If I was Alepho and was laying on the ground and saw a boy get taken by a lion I wouldn’t know what to do. I would most likely never be able to sleep, and would be sad for not being able to help the boy who is now spread out on the ground missing his eyes.

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They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky ~ Reading Response #1

“After harvest time, we sat in the dry field and dug with our feet in the soil for peanuts to play ketket, my favorite game. We pretended those nuts were our cattle and the boy who had the most nuts was the most powerful that day. It was important to me to win that game, but back then the small things defeated me easily. If I lost a silly game or even if food preperation took too long, I would pout in the corner, still as an empty pot.” (Benson 4-5)

          This passage from They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky reminded me of when I was little. When I was little, I believed that small things like losing a game meant it was the end of the world. I thought that these things were the most important in my life when they were probably the least important. However, importance is based on opinion most of the time. Also, whenever I was outside playing I would use small objects similar to peanuts and play with them. This reminded me of watching kids play pretend and stay entertained without needing complex things like video games. From this passage, I mainly learned that people don’t really need things like video games, phones, computers, or even televisions because people can survive and stay entertained with just simple objects. Another form of entertainment more common is dancing which doesn’t really require any technological equipment. Many people around the globe can’t afford video games or computers and they live entertained and happy.

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Chinese Cinderella ~ Vignette #5

Wu Chen Mei stands up to Niang and yells back at her saying that she is unfair etc.  Was there ever a time when you stood up for someone else? How did it feel? OR Was there ever a time you wished you would have but didn’t, why didn’t you?

          Most of the time while I am at school or somewhere I don’t really pay attention to anyone and try to avoid any conflict whatsoever. I never really notice if anyone is getting picked on because I don’t really pay attention to anything like that. If I see someone getting picked  on from now on I want to stand up for them and try to stop the conflict. I want to start speaking more and standing up for others.

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