Kite Runner Timeline

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  • Assef rapes Hassan

    Assef rapes Hassan
    Hassan got raped to save Amir's kite because that was the kind of friend he was. Assef said, "Because today, it's only going to cost you that blue kite" (Hosseini, 72). This shows the type of friend Hassan is and also shows how they have a very one-sided relationship.
  • Assef rapes Hassan

    Assef rapes Hassan
    Hassan got raped to save Amir's kite because that was the kind of friend he was. Assef said, "Because today, it's only going to cost you that blue kite" (Hosseini, 72). This quote shows the type of friend Hassan is and also shows the one-sided relationship they have.1975
  • Amir and Baba move to Hazarajat

    Amir and Baba move to Hazarajat
    A few days after Amir turned 13, Hassan and Ali decided to leave because they "'can't live here anymore'" (Hosseini 106). Amir thinks that he never might see Hassan again and feels sad.
  • Hassan takes the blame for Amir framing him

    Hassan takes the blame for Amir framing him
    After Amir turned 13, he "lifted Hassan's mattress and planted [his] new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it" (Hosseini 104). After this Hassan takes the blame and this makes Amir feel even more guilty.
  • First Soviet Advancement on Afghan

    First Soviet Advancement on Afghan
    The marking of when the Soviets started invading is clear when it says, "The first Soviet troops parachuted into Kabul on Dec. 27, 1979, to assist Babrak Karmal, who had become President in a coup within the Afghan Communist leadership."
  • Going to Jalalabad

    Going to Jalalabad
    In 1981, Amir and Baba were on their way to Pakistan. Amir said, "There would be no truck, Karim told us after we'd spent a week in the rat-infested basement. The truck was beyond repair" (Hosseini, 120). Since the truck wasn't working, everyone was bonding.
  • Amir and Baba leave Kabul

    Amir and Baba leave Kabul
    Russia invaded Afghanistan, so Baba and Amir fled to America in a truck. When they lived in Fremont, California in the 1980s. This is the move where roles changed and feelings have shifted.
  • Amir graduates High School

    Amir graduates High School
    That summer of 1983, "[Amir] graduated from high school at the age of twenty" (Hosseini 131). After this Baba surprised him with his car and he finally feels proud of him.
  • Moving to America

    Moving to America
    When Amir and Baba moved to America, Amir said, "For me, America was a place to bury my memories. For Baba, a place to mourn his" (Hosseini, 129). This shows how the move was Baba helping Amir to move on in his life even though Baba would have no benefit.
  • Baba sells his car

    Baba sells his car
    When Amir turned 21, Baba "sold his Buick and bought a dilapidated '71 Volkswagon bus for $550" (137). They used this car for the flea market and this lead to Amir having feelings for Soraya.
  • Amir meets General Taheri and Soraya

    Amir meets General Taheri and Soraya
    Amir met General Taheri and "'[his] daughter, Soraya jan'", who made a good impression on him, at the flea market (Hosseini 141). This leads to Amir and Soraya to soon getting married.
  • Funneling Arms

    Funneling Arms
    In 1994, Pakistan started "funneling arms, money and supplies to Mullah Omar's men, as well as military advisers to help guide them in battle"
  • Useless Soviet Air Force

    Useless Soviet Air Force
    After the Soviet had been there for about 9 nine years, "After 1986, the Soviet Air Force was also rendered useless because the US had supplied the rebels with antiaircraft missiles."
  • Amir attempting to find Hassan

    Amir attempting to find Hassan
    Amir said, "There were a lot of reasons why I went to Hazarajat to find Hassan in 1986. The biggest one...was that I was lonely." This shows the development of Amir's character and how he actually starts to care for Hassan.
  • Afghanistan fighting back against the Soviets

    Afghanistan fighting back against the Soviets
    "Osama bin Laden and 15 other Islamists form the group al-Qaeda, or “the base”, to continue their jihad, or holy war, against the Soviets and other who they say oppose their goal of a pure nation governed by Islam."
  • Soviets leave

    Soviets leave
    After the United Nations moderated peace talks, "the last Soviet troops left Afghanistan in February 1989, in what was in effect a unilateral withdrawal"
  • Hassan meeting his mother, Sanaubar

    Hassan meeting his mother, Sanaubar
    When Sanaubar visited Hassan, she said, "I have walked long and far to see if you are as beautiful in the flesh as you are in my dreams" (Hosseini, 210). This is an emotional time for Hassan because he is finally meeting his mom and his mother is attempting to atone for leaving him.
  • Amir returns to Kabul

    Amir returns to Kabul
    When Amir came back to Pakistan to visit Rahim, he finds out that, "people just stayed put, prayed the next rocket wouldn't hit their home" (Hosseini, 199). This shows how everything has and that he should be grateful he didn't have to live through it.
  • Dark Age

    Dark Age
    After the Soviet Union left Afghanistan, they "descended into vicious internecine strife; by the summer of 1994, power was anarchically divided among competing warlords and individual fiefdoms"
  • Mullah Omar gains a lot of followers

    Mullah Omar gains a lot of followers
    Near the end of 1994, "Mullah Omar had nearly 12,000 followers and was rolling up the warlords to the north and east. With his promise of restoring the centrality of Islam to daily life..."
  • Amir returns to Pakistan

    Amir returns to Pakistan
    In 2001, Amir says, "I have to go back to Pakistan... Rahim Khan is very sick" (Hosseini, 191). This shows Amir's character development when he feels the need to be there for his family friend because he is sick.
  • Soraya picks up AMir and Sohrab from Airport

    Soraya picks up AMir and Sohrab from Airport
    In August 2001, "Soraya picked up [Amir and Sohrab] at the airport" (Hosseini, 357). Sohrab was missing his life a lot and had been traumatized by the recent events.
  • Amir reflects on his past

    Amir reflects on his past
    In December of 2001, Amir was reflecting on his past by saying, "That was a long time ago, but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years" (Hosseini, 1). This was a foreshadowing event and shows how that event affected him not only in that moment but throughout his whole life.
  • Al Qaeda remove Taliban from power

    Al Qaeda remove Taliban from power
    In 2001, "the invasion succeeded in dislodging Al Qaeda and removing the Taliban from power, but not in eradicating either group"
  • US involvement in Afghanistan

    US involvement in Afghanistan
    The United States' military has been "involved in Afghanistan since 2001, when it led invasion after the Sept. 11 attacks by Al Qaeda"
  • US joins rebels after 9/11 attack

    US joins rebels after 9/11 attack
    After the bomb attack on the World Trade center on 9/11, "President George W. Bush gave the Taliban an ultimatum to hand over Mr. bin Laden. When it refused, the United States joined forces with rebel groups that had never accepted Taliban rule..."
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