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Kite Runner & The History Of Afghanistan

  • Amir Gets Circumcised

    Baba had Amir get circumcised. Amir said it "felt like someone had pressed a red hot coal to my loins." (46). This quote shows that Amir got circumcised at an older age than most people did. He also thinks it hurt a lot.
  • Hassan Gets Harelip Fixed

    After a day of having fun together, Hassan and Amir "... removed [their] snow-laden boots" and met Dr. Kumar, a plastic surgeon whose job was to "fix things on people's... faces." (45). This quote shows that Baba cared very much for Amir. He cares so much, that Baba was willing to pay for a plastic surgeon to fix his face.
  • Amir Promises Hassan a Color TV For His Family

    The night before the Kite Tournament, Amir told Hassan that he'd "buy [Hassan] one [TV] someday" (58). This shows how close Amir and Hassan used to be. So close that Amir would promise something as expensive as a TV to his servant.
  • Amir Wins Kite Tournament | Hassan Get's Raped

    After cutting the last kite, Hassan excalimed saying "You won, Amir agha! You won!" (66). This quote shows ho wlong Hassan and Amir have waited to win the tournement. It also shows how happy they are to finally have won.
    After witnessing the rape, Amir questioned Hassan. Afterwards he tried to forget "the dark stain in the seat of [Hassan's] pants. Or those tiny drops that fell from between his legs and stained the snow black." (78). These quotes show how Amir was curious about what happened but
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    The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

  • First Soviet Encounter

    The Invasion started when "... Soviet troops parachuted into Kabul... to assist Babrfak Karmal..." (2).
  • Amir and Baba Arrive in America

    Baba and Amir went to Fremont and "Baba loved the idea of America... [and] living in America" (125). This quote shows how their sacrifice paid off. It also shows how Baba actually appreciates this land that he came to.
  • Baba and Amir Escape Kabul

    At 2 in the morning, Amir and Baba "left Kabul" to escape from the Russians. (110). This quote shows how much Amir and Baba sacrifice to leave their homeland to find a better place. Their travel to America greatly matures Amir.
  • Amir Graduates High School

    After living a few years in America, Amir "graduated from high school at the age of twenty" (131). This quote shows how important education is the Amir. It also shows his determination to finish high school even though he's older than all other seniors.
  • Baba And Amir Start Weekend Flea Market Sales

    Every Saturday, Baba woke "Amir up at dawn" to get ready for going to garage sales. (137). This quote shows how persistant they were in getting a good spot at the flea market. It also shows how even after all these years, Baba still works hard to earn money for the family.
  • Baba is Diagnosed With Cancer

    After weeks of having a cold, Amir brought Baba to a clinic. The doctors told Amir that Baba had cancer. It was then Amir learned that "cancer had many names" (155). This quote illustrates the pain and suffering that Amir had to go through. It also shows how Baba had endurance and survived for weeks with the cold.
  • Amir and Baba Ask For Soraya's Hand in Marriage

    Amir asks Baba to "to go khastegari". (161). This shows how important Soraya's hand in marriage was to Amir. It also shows that he understands Baba didn't have long to live and that he had to act now.
  • Amir And Soraya Get Married

    Soraya and Amir get married in front of "300 or so [people]." (171). This quote shows how important the wedding was to the Afghan community. It also shows how proud the Afghan community was towards Soraya and Amir.
  • Baba Dies

    After a night of fun with Soraya's family. Baba goes to sleep and "never woke up." (179). This quote shows how death can come so swiftly and quietly. It also shows how little pain and suffering Baba felt even up to his last day.
  • Rahim Khan Goes to Find Hassan

    Due this his increasing age, Rahim Khan goes "to Hazarajat to find Hassan." (203). This quote shows how Rahim Khan knows that his time will come and he needs to take care of the house for Baba and Amir. It also shows how lonely he got during the time without Hassan's family or Amir's.
  • Last Soviet Troops Left Afghanistan

    The Soviet Invasion ended "... after peace talks... [T]he last Soviet tropps left Afghanistan..." (2)
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    Civil War

  • Sohrab Was Born

    After Hassan moved back into Baba's house "Sanaubar... delivered Hassan's son." (211). This quote marks a joyous part of Hassan's life. It shows how even though Afghansitan is going through hard times, there is always hope.
  • Taliban Take Control of Government

    After gaining popular support and Pakistani, the Taliban "...had taken control of Afghanistan, imposing strict enforcement of fundamentalistic Islamic law." (3)
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    Taliban Takeover

  • Arrival of Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan

    The start of Al Quaeda started when "The Taliban... provided... for Mr. bin Laden, who arrived... at Jalalabad Airport..." (3)
  • Amir Went Back To Afghanistan

    Rahim Khan calls Amir and tells him to come to Pakistan. Amir tells Soraya and says he has to because "Rahim Khan is very sick." (191). This quote shows Amir's determination and care for Rahim Khan. It also shows how willing Amir is to go and help his old friend.
  • Amir Puts Money Under Wahid's Mattress

    Before Amir left the household, Amir "planted a fistful of crumpled money under a matress." (242). This quote shows how Amir is sympathetic and cares for others. It also shows how the phrase 'history repeats itself' truly is real.
  • The Attack on the World Trade Center

    The "attack on the WSorld Trade Center..." (3) started the post 9/11 invasion.
  • US invades Afghanistan

    After 9/11, the US starts "an air and ground campaign... that drove the Taliban out." (3).
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    Hamid Karzai Rule

  • Gen. David H. Petraeus Commands American Forces

    Obama put Gen. David H. Petraeus "... In command of American forces in Afghanistan..." (1).
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    Obama's War

  • Obama's West Point Speech

    In Obama's War, he "delivered [a speech]... at West point" (3).
  • America Supplies Rebels with Stinger Antiaircraft Missils

    The Soviet couldn't attack using their air force due to "... advanced Stinger antiaircraft missiles supplied by the United States to the rebels." (1).
  • Taliban Comes Back

    Due the the opium trade. the Taliban strikes back "raising concerns about [Afghanistan's stability... making Afghanistan... a top foreign policy priority..." (4).