The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - Systematic Functional Linguistic and Multimodal Approach – Book Report/Review Example

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The paper “ The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini   - Systematic Functional Linguistic and Multimodal Approach” is a   thrilling example of a book review on literature. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a novel published in 2003 under Riverhead books and produced as a movie in the year 2007. The whole text is a story of a young boy called Amir who hails from Wazir Akbar Khan, a district in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. The text is set during the upheavals that came as a result of the Afghanistan Monarchy’ s fall due to the Soviet invasion, the migration of many people from Afghanistan, and the subsequent rise of the Taliban. The author, Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan who lives in America as a refuge.

He had moved from Kabul to Paris, France, and then to the USA where he earned a biology degree and subsequently a degree in medicine from the University of California. Amir, a well to do boy, Hassan, son of Ali who is a Hazara, low class, and the boys lived in the same compound because Hassan’ s father was a servant at Amir’ s home.

Kite fighting was the favorite game the boys participated, and Amir always tried hard to win so as to gain the father’ s affection, Baba as Amir referred to his father. Baba was a wealthy merchant in Kabul he loved both boys but was ever critical of Amir because he was lacked courage and thus considered weak. Amir found comfort at Rahim Khan, his father’ s close friend, who encourages the boy to write. Assef, an older boy, is extremely violent and notorious, ever mocks Amir for socializing with Hassan, a low-class citizen [a Hazara] he even tried to attack Amir but Hassan threatened to shoot him with the slingshot, Assef is forced back off but promises to revenge.

Hassan was a good kite runner because he could predict exactly where the kite will fall while it is on the air. One day, Amir won the local kite tournament which meant getting Baba’ s praise. As Hassan ran for the kite, he, unfortunately, met Assef in the alleyway. Assef decided to teach him a lesson, beat him severely, and finally anally rapes him.

These things happen as Amir Watches at a distance not knowing how he can assist Hassan. Amir feels guilty about what has happened to his friend Hassan but decides not to report it because it could expose his stupidity, even more, he does not tell anyone about it.


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