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While Sohrab maintains his silence, September 11 th occurs and the world changes again. Suddenly, everyone knows and is taliking about Afghanistan and how the Taliban was driven out of the country. Through it all, Sohrab never speaks.
Then, a wondrous thing happens. Amir takes Soraya and Sohrab to Lake Elizabeth Park for a gathering of Afghans. The general had finally been recalled to take a ministry position in his homeland and Soraya’s mother would be joining him in a month. Sohrab stands in the rain and blends into the background while Amir and Soraya step under a tent. Later, the rain stops, and the sky begins to fill with kites. Amir sees Sohrab watching them and immediately buys one from a kite vendor. Amir brings it to Sohrab and reminisces about how Hassan had flown kites with him. He tells him that Hassan was the best kite runner ever and that he just seemed to know where the kite would come down. When he doesn’t get any response from Sohrab, Amir begins to run to get the kite aloft. Miraculously, Sohrab follows him and takes the spool of string into his hand just as Hassan had done for Amir all those years ago. Suddenly, the glassy, vacant look in Sohrab’s eyes is gone and the two of them begin to chase a green kite. Amir uses one of Hassan’s old tricks - the lift and dive - to beat the green kite. For a moment, as he watches Sohrab’s hands handle the spool, he imagines “the chipped-nailed calloused hands of a hare-lipped boy” and “a voice calling them home, the voice of a man who dragged his right leg.” Together, he and Sohrab defeat the green kite while other Afghans all around them cheer. Amir feels the same rush he had felt that winter of 1975 when Baba stood on the rooftop, clapping and beaming down at him. He looks down at Sohrab and sees that one corner of his mouth has curled up ever so slightly into a smile. Amir asks him if he wants him to run the kite for him. When Sohrab nods a yes, Amir tells him, “For you, a thousand times over.” And so Amir runs and runs with the other children and doesn’t care how foolish he may look. For that slight smile from Sohrab is the first snowflake melting when spring arrives.
This final chapter is Amir’s last step on the journey to atonement. He must make up in some way for his betrayal of his promise to Sohrab. Fortunately, the boy survives his suicide attempt, but now Amir must find a way to draw him back emotionally and psychologically to the land of the living. Ironically, it is the kites that draw Sohrab out of his silence and his desire to escape life in the folds of sleep. His fatigue begins to disappear as Amir and he defeat the green kite. In the end, Amir is able to finally expiate his sin by becoming the kite runner for Sohrab. He, like Hassan before him, can make a promise that will never be broken, “For you, a thousand times over!”
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