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The Kite Runner - Study Guide Chapter 25 Summary & Analysis

Khaled Hosseini
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Summary

Chapter 25

Amir can see the doctors working on Sohrab but they won’t allow him in the room. For five hours he waits for news. He falls asleep and a medical official wakes him. Amir learns Sohrab has a transfusion and was revived twice, but is alive and stable. Amir remains at Sohrab’s bedside almost every minute after that. When Sohrab is released from the Intensive Care Unit, Amir rushes to the motel to get clean clothes. The owner tells him he has to leave because the situation is “bad for business.” Amir says he understands and takes his things. At the hospital, Sohrab is on suicide watch. When Sohrab is awake, Amir talks to him, promising that Sohrab will go with him to America and that he’s safe. Amir begins to read with him and one day Sohrab interrupts, saying he’s tired. Amir says it’s to be expected but Sohrab says he’s “tired of everything.” He says he wants his “old life back,” including his parents, and that he wishes he had died. Amir stays with Sohrab and has no clue at that moment that Sohrab won’t say another word for almost a year.

Amir asks Sohrab to go with him to America. Sohrab simply doesn’t respond one way or the other and Amir makes the travel arrangements. Soraya greets Sohrab with affection but he remains indifferent. She has made a guest room into a bedroom for him. Soraya’s mother presents him a sweater she knitted. He is silent through it all. Soraya’s father says people will want to know why Sohrab is here. Amir says he will tell people Sohrab is his nephew.

Sohrab withdraws completely. Every action is done automatically, in silence, and without enthusiasm. Soraya and Amir had discussed their plans for Sohrab prior to his arrival. Soraya wanted to enroll him in soccer and swimming. The reality is that Sohrab sleeps most of the time and seems to care nothing at all about life. Then the Twin Towers are targeted and Afghanistan is bombed. While Sohrab shows no interest, Amir and Soraya become active in relief efforts for the Afghanistan victims of land mines and other casualties of the fighting there. Another year arrives. Soraya and Amir are in their living room quietly watching TV, while Sohrab is silent upstairs.

As time passes, people become less interested in Sohrab and stop talking about the “poor mute boy” whenever they are in gatherings. In March of 2002, Soraya and Amir are at a gathering of Afghan people at Lake Elizabeth Park in Freemont. By now, the General has returned to Afghanistan to hold a ministry position and Soraya’s mother, Khala Jamila, is staying with Amir and Soraya in his absence. It’s a rainy day early but the rain slacks off by mid-day and Amir spots a man selling a kite. He buys one and asks Sohrab to join him in flying it. Sohrab is silent. Amir says that Sohrab’s father had been the best kite runner in all of Afghanistan when they were children. Amir says it appears he’ll have to fly this particular kite alone and he gets it airborne. When he stops running, he realizes Sohrab is beside him. He hands Sohrab the kite string and they are soon joined by another kite and Amir knows there’s going to be a battle. Sohrab gives control of the kite back to Amir and Amir talks, telling Sohrab about Hassan’s favorite tactic in a kite tournament. At the right time, Amir makes the move and cuts the string of the other kite. People in the park begin to cheer and Sohrab is smiling slightly. Amir asks Sohrab if he should “run the kite.” He believes he sees Sohrab nod. Amir takes off among the group of children. He knows the actions of Sohrab that day are not a huge step in the right direction, but he believes they are a step. He accepts that.

Analysis

Amir’s faith is rekindled when Sohrab is in the hospital, but it begins with Amir trying to make a deal for Sohrab’s recovery. He says that his hands are “stained with Hassan’s blood,” and he prays that “God doesn’t let them get stained with the blood of this boy too.”

The General – Soraya’s father – is acutely aware of what people say about him and his family. It’s one reason he didn’t want Soraya and Amir to adopt a child. He pointed out that you can’t be sure what kind of child you’d get or what his background might be. It’s not often that Amir stands up to him but when he questions Sohrab’s presence, Amir does, saying that Sohrab is his nephew. Amir is bound to know that people are going to gossip about that piece of information but he doesn’t care. At this point, he’s become more interested is doing what’s right.

There’s a phrase used by Hassan near the beginning of the story that’s repeated at the end as a conclusion. When Hassan heads off to find the kite during the kite tournament in Afghanistan when the boys were youngsters, Amir yells out to him, urging him to bring back the trophy kite. Hassan says, “For you, a thousand times over.” The words indicate his devotion to Amir and that he would run for the trophy kite this time and a thousand times more. When Amir asks Sohrab if he should run the kite in the park in Freemont as the book comes to a close, he believes Sohrab nods approval. As Amir takes off, he says, “For you, a thousand times over.” The indication is that he has that same devotion to Sohrab.

Discussion Question 1

What is the initial reaction of family and friends when Amir returns to the United States with Sohrab?

Discussion Question 2

Why does Sohrab stop talking?

Discussion Question 3

What is the significance of the words, "For you, a thousand times over."?

Vocabulary

Sweltering, pilgrimage, protocol, replete, catharsis, eccentric, empathy, pendulum, swarm, profoundly, worthiness, ruefully.

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