Setting Kabul, Afghanistan Late 1970s-Early 1980s Fremont, California 1980s-Early 2000s
Historical Background The nation of Afghanistan emerged in 1747. Monarchy was established. Great Britain and Russia vie for power. A buffer state
Hist. Background Cont. The Cold War Afghanistan attempted to become a more “modern” nation to strengthen its position in the world. United States vs. Soviet Union The People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) formed in 1965.
Hist. Background Cont. The Taliban Origins Political reforms Social reforms Opposition September 11, 2001
Regional Conflicts Political Ethnic Religious
Islam Muhammad Qu’ran (Koran) Allah Religions of the book
The Kite Runner: Title’s Significance Kite FightingKite Running
Introduction to the Novel Synopsis A story of strained family relationships between a father and son as well as two “brothers” and how they weather the political and social transformation of Afghanistan from the 1970s-2001.
Characters Amir, the narrator and protagonist Baba Ali Hassan Rahim Khan Assef
Symbolism Kites Books The lamb The cleft lip
Themes Identity and self-discovery Guilt and redemption Father and son relationships Influence of political events on personal lives Persistence of the past Personal honor Abuse of power Assimilation and acculturation