Study Guide for The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Book Summary|
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Amir recovers from his terrible beating and they get out of Afghanistan
and flee to Pakistan. There, he tries to find a way to take Sohrab to
the United States. However, he runs into many bureaucratic walls and snafus.
He is finally told that if he places Sohrab into an orphanage temporarily,
he might have an easier time getting the necessary paperwork. Sohrab tries
to commit suicide at this news and even though he is saved and they find
a way to get him to America, he retreats from any trust in Amir or anyone
else. It is only when they participate in a kite flying contest in America
that Sohrab comes out of his silence and begins to heal. It is also the
moment when Amir makes his final atonement for the sins he committed against
Hassan, Sohrabís father.
Amir tells us about the unique relationship he has with Hassan, a Hazara boy who is the victim of discrimination, but ironically is the half-brother of Amir, a Pashtun. Amir is overwhelmed with guilt when he allows Hassan to be beaten and raped on the day Amir wins the kite flying tournament. He lies to have Hassan accused of theft so he will leave their home and Amir can try to forget his guilt. Eventually, Amir and his father flee Afghanistan after the Russians invade and Amir takes his tragic memories to America to start a new life.
Unfortunately, his debt to Hassan must be paid and he returns to his country to find Hassanís orphaned son and rescue him. There, he discovers that Sohrab has become the sexual plaything of Assef, the bully who had tormented both Amir and Hassan when they were young. Ultimately, Amir must defeat Assef in a raging physical battle, take the damaged Sohrab out of Afghanistan and try to help him repair his spirit.
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