Week 1: Agenda MON. MAY 4WED. MAY 6FRI. MAY 8 Begin The Kite Runner Historical Perspective HMWK: Read p. 1-34 Characters & Friendship in The Kite Runner HMWK: Read p. 35-79 Writing Response Tradition of Kites HMWK: Read p. 80-109
Khaled Hosseini Khaled Hosseini Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965, the son of a diplomat and a teacher. Lived in Tehran, Iran, and Paris, France, for parts of his childhood. In 1980, granted political asylum and moved to California. Graduated from high school, college and medical school in California. Practiced medicine and now a writer. The Kite Runner was his first novel, published 2003. Works with the United Nations Refugee Agency, as a goodwill envoy.
Inspiration… Relationship: Khaled taught Hussein Khan, his family’s ethnic Hazara cook to read and write despite the social injustice and racial bias imposed by their society. Hussein KhanHussein Khan Memories: Fond recollections of pre-Soviet era childhood in Afghanistan. Literature: Persian stories and poems, characters and themes presented in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.
A Brief History of Afghanistan A landlocked country located in central Asia, focal point of regional trade and migration. 1800-1900s: Buffer state in rivalry between British Indian Empire and Russia. 1919, 1924: Declared full independence and first constitution is established. Through 1970s: Ruled by monarchy then constitutional monarchy. 1933 – 1973: King Mohammad Zahir Shah reigned during the longest period of stability.
Afghanistan during The Kite Runner 1973: King’s brother-in-law waged a coup and declared a republic. 1978: People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan organized an coup, promoted freedom of religion and women’s rights. 1979: USSR invaded, killed the president and up to 2 million civilians. Over 5 million fled the country. 1989: U.S. sent aid to the mujahadeen to stop communist expansion, Soviets withdrew.
Historical Perspective Since 1979, Afghanistan has been in a continuous state of open warfare. There are various ethnic groups: Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras and others. Pashtu and Dari are considered the official languages. Approximately 99% of the population is Muslim; of those 84% are of the Sunni sect. There has been a long history of an ethnic hierarchy. Traditionally, Pashtuns have dominated the country.
Let’s begin the book! http://khaledhosseini.com/podcasts/ What is the setting and time frame of the opening of he novel? What history is referenced? How are we introduced to friendship? When are kites mentioned and how?