Title: Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Page: Whole book, re-reading it.
“For you, thousand times over.”
- At the very beginning of the book, when Rahim Khan calls him from Pakistan, Amir recalls his memory of Hassan saying this quote. He also remembers what he had done to Hassan back then with the memory. Contrastingly, at the end of the book, Amir says the exact same thing to Sohrab. This implies Amir’s determination to pledge he would act to Sohrab as Hassan used to do to him.
- Hassan and Amir used to play with slingshots. Back then, when Assef tried to harm Amir, Hassan protected him with his slingshot, threatening that he would shoot the shot in his left eye if he continued bullying Amir. At the climax of the story, when Amir was deadly punched by Assef, Sohrab hit the slingshot on Assef’s left eye, which was the part that Hassan would have aimed to.
- Hassan congenitally has harelip from his birth. This was a characteristic that best represented Hassan at first glance. Baba called a doctor to heal the harelip, but it did not work. At the end of the book, when Assef beats up Amir mercilessly, Amir’s lip splits into two as if he has a harelip. The connotation in the harelip is sacrifice. Hassan sacrificed all his life for Amir, and even though Baba tried to change Hassan’s position, Hassan’s faith did not change. In addition, when Amir gets beaten by Assef while protecting Sohrab, his lips were split into two pieces. When he sacrificed for Sohrab, he eventually got the harelip.