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Amir jan learns life's lessons through many personal battles. As a young child he faces the question of what a true friend is, which ultimately leads him to an endless, torturing guilt. He also experiences the faults of being unsuccessful son that constantly disappoints his father. As he grows older, Amir feels as though the pain from his childhood is subsiding. However, one phone call allows Amir one chance to redeem himself from the demons of his past. As he visits his hometown, Kabul, and witnesses the destruction caused by the Talibans, time is running out. Will Amir remain the coward he has always been? Or will he take his father's place as a hero?

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LYRICS:
Novel Interpretations




When a Man Loves a Woman
By Percy Sledge


When a man loves a woman
Can't keep his mind on nothing else
He'll trade the world
For the good thing he's found
If she's bad he can't see it
She can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend
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When a man loves a woman
Spend his very last dime
Tryin' to hold on to what he needs
He'd give up all his comfort
Sleep out in the rain
If she said that's the way it ought to be

Well, this man loves a woman
I gave you everything I had
Tryin' to hold on to your precious love
Baby, please don't treat me bad

When a man loves a woman
Down deep in his soul
She can bring him such misery
If she plays him for a fool
He's the last one to know
Lovin' eyes can't ever see

When a man loves a woman
He can do no wrong
He can never own some other girl
Yes when a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels
'Cause baby, baby, baby, you're my world

When a man loves a woman.....

Amir meets his wife, Soraya, at the flea market. It was love at first sight, and Amir becomes determined to take her hand in marriage. When Percy Sledge sings, "If she's bad he can't see it/She can do no wrong" he describes perfectly Amir's and Soraya's situation. Soraya once was involved with a man a nd ran away with him. When she returned, she had no suitors because nobody wanted to marry a "tainted" woman. Nevertheless, Amir sees the good in her and views her as a "princess."



And When I Die
By Blood, Sweat, and Tears


I'm not scared of dying,
And I don't really care.
If it's peace you find in dying,

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If it's peace you find in dying,
And if dying time is here,
Just bundle up my coffin
'Cause it's cold way down there.
I hear that its cold way down their.
Yeah, crazy cold way down their.

Chorus:

And when I die, and when I'm gone,
There'll be one child born
In this world to carry on,
to carry on.

Now troubles are many, they're as deep as a well.
I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell.
Swear there ain't no heaven and I pray there ain't no hell,
But I'll never know by living, only my dying will tell.
Yes only my dying will tell.
Yeah, only my dying will tell.

Chorus

Give me my freedom for as long as I be.
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All I ask of living is to have no chains on me,
And all I ask of dying is to go naturally.
Oh I want to go naturally.

Here I go,
Hey Hey!
Here comes the devil,
Right Behind.
Look out children,
Here he comes!
Here he comes! Hey...

Don't want to go by the devil.
Don't want to go by demon.
Don't want to go by Satan,
Don't want to die uneasy.
Just let me go naturally.

And when I die,
When I'm dead, dead and gone,
There'll be one child born in our world to carry on,
To carry on.
Yeah, yeah

Baba may have come off as strict and unsatisfied, but near the end of his life he seemed happy. On the night Baba died, Amir asked him if he was comfortable or needed any help going to bed. Baba denied any help and said he was fine, and fell asleep. He never woke again. Baba probably found death as a release from the guilt that he was carrying. He lied to Amir and Hassan his entire life, and betrayed his friend Ali. Blood, Sweat, and Tears sing, "There'll be one child born in our world to carry on," which describes Amir's position (Baba's only son). That line also represents Sohrab, Hassan's only son.




Destiny
By Zero7


I lie awake
I’ve gone to ground
I’m watching porn
In my hotel dressing gown
Now I dream of you
But I still believe
There’s only enough for one in this
Lonely hotel suite

The journey’s long
And it feels so bad
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Old moon fades into the new
Soon I know I’ll be back with you
I’m nearly with you
I’m nearly with you

When I’m weak I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny

On a clear day
I’ll fly home to you
I’m bending time getting back to you
Old moon fades into the new
Soon I know I’ll be back with you
I’m nearly with you
I’m nearly with you

When I’m weak I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny

When I’m weak I draw strength from you
And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood
And when I’m down you breathe life over me
Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny

These lyrics speak from Amir's point of view. He "drew strength" from Hassan growing up; together, they were one as brothers. But since Hassan's death, his spirit has been passed on to Sorhab and even as an adult, they are still each other's destiny (even though they "are miles apart"). The moon stages also can be interpretted religiously, since the faith of this book is Islam; Like the rebirth of the moon, Sorhab is the Rebirth of Hassan.



Don't Drink the Water
By Dave Matthews Band


Come out come out
No use in hiding
Come now come now
Can you not see?
There's no place here
What were you expecting
Not room for both
Just room for me
So you will lay your arms down
Yes I will call this home

Away away
You have been banished
Your land is gone
And given me
And here I will spread my wings
Yes I will call this home
What's this you say
You feel a right to remain
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What's that you say
Your father's spirit still lives in this place
I will silence you

Here's the hitch
Your horse is leaving
Don't miss your boat
It's leaving now
And as you go I will spread my wings
Yes I will call this home
I have no time to justify to you
Fool you're blind, move aside for me
All I can say to you my new neighbor
Is you must move on or I will bury you

Now as I rest my feet by this fire
Those hands once warmed here
I have retired them
I can breathe my own air
I can sleep more soundly
Upon these poor souls
I'll build heaven and call it home
'Cause you're all dead now
I live with my justice
I live with my greedy need
I live with no mercy
I live with my frenzied feeding
I live with my hatred
I live with my jealousy
I live with the notion
That I don't need anyone but me
Don't drink the water
There's blood in the water

Amir leaves Kabul, Afghanistan as a child to live in California. Amir returns to Afghanistan some twenty years later to discover a completely different place that is corrupt and run by the Taliban. Amir’s home town of Kabul has been brought to ruins and is corrupt in almost every way imaginable. “There’s no place here what were you expecting? Not room for both, just room for me” relates directly to Amir’s return to an Afghanistan run completely by the Taliban. “Away away you have been banished. Your land is gone and given to me” perfectly depicts the Taliban taking over the once peaceful land that Amir grew up in.




James Taylor
By Fire and Rain


Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
Susanne the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can't remember who to send it to

I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Won't you look down upon me, Jesus
You've got to help me make a stand
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My body's aching and my time is at hand
And I won't make it any other way

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around
Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things
to come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you, baby, one more time again, now

Thought I'd see you one more time again
There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you fire and rain, now

Amir’s life was full of surprises and completed with many good times and bad times. In this song, James Taylor says “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain” which is exactly the way Amir’s life was, filled with good times as well as bad ones. When James Taylor says “I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end”, it perfectly describes Amir’s childhood filled with fun times that he centered his life around and he thought would never end.


Pictures:
Graphic Connections




Guilt by Mark Nickels
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This picture shows how Amir feels for not telling Baba or Ali about Hassan being raped. Amir’s guilt follows him though out his life, and later becomes stronger when he finds out that Hassan was his half brother.


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This painting of a flying kite represents the sport that is played in the novel. It is important to the plot because it is right after the kite tournament that Hassan is raped, and Amir does nothing to stop it. This instills a great feeling of quilt that stays with Amir throughout the story.

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This photo deals with discrimination by showing how others will turn on someone who is different. In The Kite Runner one of the major themes is discrimination. In the novel the relationship between the Pashtuns and the Hazaras is filled with tension and hatred. Baba set an example for Amir by being kind to Hazara people even though they are persecuted. Baba is kind to Ali and Hassan and calls them “family”. Ali and Hassan still live in a hut and tend to the garden, cooks, and clean up after Baba, and raises Hassan to do the same. Amir treats Hassan as a brother and friend, but will not call him his friend in front of other children.

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"The Migrant Mother" is a symbol of the great depression. Before the great depression, there was great economic prosperity and many lived lavishly. After the stock market crash, most of the population lived in poverty. This event parrelles that of Baba and Amir moving from their extravegent Afghan mansion to the dumpy San Fransisco apartment. The mother in this picture symbolizes baba, in his defeat with his child, Amir.







Poetry





Guilt, a passion of the prideful soul
Does act as a shield to the grim reality
Spiritually, we are all unwhole

Victims of materialism, mere earthly fatalitites

We tell ourselves we are good
Kind, respectful, worthy of respect
Yet although goodness may once have stood
All that we are rot doth affect

An inability to work
To concentrate on things of import
Shows that inside we hurt
Pleasures we indulge a last resort

Are we still good, still pure as snow?
The simple answer is clearly NO.

- Jack Ashenden


This poem is about guilt and shame and the consequences that come with them. In The Kite Runner, Amir lives ashamed with the guilt of not doing anything when Hassan was being raped, and also when he lies and falsely accuses Hassan and Ali of stealing in order to get them fired. The poem references how guilt causes an "inability to work To concentrate on things of import". Amir is haunted by his decisions and experiences these same things when he is not able to sleep at night.