Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Dang ItÃ¢â¬â¢s Him Essay
Hassan considers Amir as his friends, but in AmirÃ¢â¬â¢s eyes he is more than a servant, except he couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t accept him as a friend. Amir is unable to accept Hassan as a friend because he is a Hazara and in his mind, due to peer pressure, he considers Hazaras to be lower in status than he is. Amir constantly tests HassanÃ¢â¬â¢s loyalty because he is jealous of HassanÃ¢â¬â¢s loyalty and therefore wants him to slip up. Amir is jealous that he doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t treat Hassan with the trust of a friend that Hassan gives him, so he wants Hassan to slip up so he can feel like theyÃ¢â¬â¢re equal. He resents Hassan because of the love that Baba gives him and how he never forgets HassanÃ¢â¬â¢s birthday. His Baba always compares Hassan and him consequently his Baba would mention that he is more proud of Hassan than Amir. We begin to understand early in the novel that Amir is constantly vying for BabaÃ¢â¬â¢s attention and often feels like an outsider in his fatherÃ¢â¬â¢s life, as seen in the following passage: Ã¢â¬Å"HeÃ¢â¬â¢d close the door, leave me to wonder why it was always grown-ups time with him. IÃ¢â¬â¢d sit by the door, knees drawn to my chest. Sometimes I sat there for an hour, sometimes two, listening to their laughter, their chatter. Ã¢â¬ Discuss AmirÃ¢â¬â¢s relationship with Baba. After hearing AmirÃ¢â¬â¢s story, Hassan asks, Ã¢â¬Å"Why did the man kill his wife? In fact, why did he ever have to feel sad to shed tears? CouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t he have just smelled an onion? Ã¢â¬ How does this story epitomize the difference in character between Hassan and Amir? Refer to the beginning of Chapter 4. How might BabaÃ¢â¬â¢s treatment of Ali have influenced AmirÃ¢â¬â¢s understanding of how to treat Hassan? What moral lessons does Baba convey to Amir, and are any of them contradictory? 1. After Amir wins the kite running tournament, his relationship with Baba undergoes significant change. However, while they form a bond of friendship, Amir is still unhappy. What causes this unhappiness and how has Baba contributed to AmirÃ¢â¬â¢s state of mind? Eventually, the relationship between the two returns to the way it was before the tournament, and Amir laments Ã¢â¬Å"we actually deceived ourselves into thinking that a toy made of tissue paper, glue, and bamboo could somehow close the chasm between usÃ¢â¬ (93). Discuss the significance of this passage. 2. As Amir remembers an Afghan celebration in which a sheep must be sacrificed, he talks about seeing the sheepÃ¢â¬â¢s eyes moments before its death. Ã¢â¬Å"I donÃ¢â¬â¢t know why I watch this yearly ritual in our backyard; my nightmares persist long after the bloodstains on the grass have faded. But I always watch, I watch because of that look of acceptance in the animalÃ¢â¬â¢s eyes. Absurdly, I imagine the animal understands. I imagine the animal sees that its imminent demise is for a higher purposeÃ¢â¬ (82). Why do you think Amir recalls this memory when he witnesses HassanÃ¢â¬â¢s tragedy in the alleyway? Why does Amir respond the way that he does? 3. What role does Rahim Khan play in AmirÃ¢â¬â¢s life? What are the requirements for a true friendship? How can a friendship be damaged? Make sure to refer to a specific example from your experience AND a specific example from The Kite Runner.