Wednesday, October 24, 2012

All Boys, All Blogged: October 25, 2012

Focus: Did Amir find a way to be good again?  Did he achieve true redemption?

Warm-up: List 6 SAT vocabulary review

The final fishbowl discussion: Chapter 25 of The Kite Runner

Wrap-up: Final take-away's

HW: Study for tomorrow's List 6 SAT vocab quiz; independent reading books due Tuesday; bring your independent reading to class tomorrow.


78 comments:

  1. Will amir continue to fly kites with sohrab?

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    1. I think he will because that was one of the things that they had in comen

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  2. What do you think would happen to Amir if Sorhab did really die?

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    1. HE would be crushed he already lost Baba,Hassan and near Rahim Khan.And he would put too much blame on himself.

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    2. I think that Amir would continue with his life but always live with the guilt of Sorhab's death. He would also lack the redemption he tried to achieve.

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    4. I think that Amir would try to kill himself as well because he would not have much to live for.

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    5. I think that it would have been very hard on Amir because he would have felt bad, like he hadn't payed his debt, and completely got redemption for his actions.

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    6. he would lose his shot at redeeming himself to Hassan.

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    7. I think that if Sorhab died then his chances of redeeming himeslef with hassan would be over and he would never be able ti live with that

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    8. He would never be the same. He would be completely depressed. He could never be good again if Sohrab died?

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  3. What is the significance the book ends with the words "I ran."?

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    1. Cause he has been running his whole life to hide from his past.

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    2. I think it significant because Hassan would always kite run and then Amir runs and it sums up the book well.

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    3. It really showed how much he cared about Hassan because that is what he had done for Amir all those years and now Amir is doing it for him in some sense.

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    4. It is the fact that it goes back to the very beginning of the book, where Amir and Hassan are still ignorant and pure chasing kites, and Amir kind of get's to relive that with Hassan's son. Why do you think that the author has Amir say "for you a thousand times over" (371?

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    5. because throughout the whole book Amir has always run from his problem and had someone else fix his problem. And at the beginning of the book it say “the past always creeps back” and towards the end of the book it looks like he is a different person now. But in the end he is still the same person that he was when the book first started.

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  4. On page 345 Amir says, "There will be no other reality tonight." What does he mean by this and what defines reality.

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    1. I believe that this means that this is happening and their is no way to pinch yourself out of the dream.

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  5. Would Sorhab be the same if Amir never made that promise?

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    1. I think so because then when sorhab got the bad news he probably wouldn't have tried to kill himself.

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  6. What does Soharb's absence of words represent?

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    1. This stands for the missing pieces in Soharbs life, his parents, and his childhood.

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    2. Tat his life will never be the same.

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    3. That something will always be missing its just a matter of filling that empty space up with something else.

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    4. That he doesn't want to share his feelings because after his attempt to take his life i think sorhab doesn't feel that he has a place to go to fell welcomed by amir after all the events that have happened so quickly to him after Amir showed up I think he just didn't feel welcome to him.

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    5. I think it's simple, he's just depressed.

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  7. Do you think Amir has achieved redemption by the end of the book?

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    1. I think he found peace within himself because at the very end of the book he says, "For you a thousand times over" just like Hassan use to do.

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  8. Will Sohrab ever talk again?

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    1. Maybe but it might take some time to earn Amirs trust back.

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    2. In the book, it says "...unaware that almost a year would pass before I would hear Sohrab speak another word." (Hosseini 356), so he will speak again at some point.

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    3. At the end of the book I believe that the author gives you hope that Sohrab will speak again.

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  9. By old like, does Sohrab mean he wants to go back to living in an mud hut?

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    1. That is what he is used to and I think he thinks it would be hard to adjust to anything else or to trust anyone.

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  10. How does Sohrab stand to not talk for 7 months?

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    1. He is probably so jumbled up mentally and so depressed it was his only coping method at his young age.

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    2. He feels like he has nothing to say. Sohrab is a strong kid and has gone through more then we will probably in our entire lifetime.

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  11. When Amir says " for you a thousand times over" to Sorhab, do you think that he said that because he was trying to be respectful or was he somehow trying to be like Hassan?

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  12. Sohrab says that he wants his old life back, and also that Amir should have left him in the water. I don't understand how he could achieve that if Amir left him there and he died.

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    1. Since Sohrab knew that he couldn't get his old life back, he thought that there was nothing to live for so he just wanted to give up.

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    2. I also don't get why Amir thought of a response in his head of why he can't get his old life back, but then says he just can't do that.

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    3. He probably wants to see his parents in an 'afterlife.' He couldn't see them here so he had one option to escape the time of the present.

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  13. Why would Amir go to religion now is it only because he wants sorhab to survive or is he actually a changed man?

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    1. I think he was a changed man because he tried to what has right.

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    2. He does this because in times of need people will do what ever they think will make everything alright.

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    3. I think it is a little bit of both in that when you are put in situation that you have never been in before you find out who you are

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  14. Do you consider Amir a hero by the end of the book? Why or why not?

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    1. Yes I think I do because he has done so much in his life that has made a small impact.

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    2. I do consider Amir a hero by the end of the book. The character growth that is shown through the book is exponential. Most importantly he does redeem himself in the end.

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    3. He did not do anything heroish, he was just brave enough to go get sohrab but the one that was the hero was Sohrab. He is the one who saved Amir and they got to escape.

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    4. I don't consider Amir a true hero at the end of the book because he redeems himself to Hassan and he does heroic actions to save Sohrab, but he has his own personal reasons for his actions. A true hero sacrifices his person for the better of his community, but Amir always wanted a son and I think he saved Sohrab not just because it was his duty, but also because he had the hope to bring him to America. Overall, Amir has done a lot to better himself and his family and friends, but has had little impact on his community.

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    5. Yes I think he finally did something that was worth his name and his fathers name. Since a name is so important to the Afghanistan people then he made one and has become a hero

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  15. After a couple of years do you think that Sohrab will eventually start talking, making friends and getting used to his new home?

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    1. He is so shy because he has lost everything been abused used and can't trust anyone in his life and he he does start to talk to people and would he have trouble with his trust issues.

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  16. I think that the ending to the book fit the book very well. Sure, the author could have kept going for another few chapters and make the story happier but the story wasn't suppose to be happy.

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  17. I like Philips idea of reading book it wasn't to bad of a ending because they set you up for this the whole book is just a bunch of terrible things so a small little happy ending is what they set you up for.

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    1. But then it would ruin the mood of the book.

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  18. It was discussed in the inner circle, but do you think Amir failed in his chance at redemption after betraying Sohrab's trust when he tells him he must put him in an orphanage?

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    1. He didn't fail from that specific incident. He failed when he made that promise that he would get him out when he knew that that wasn't likely.

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    2. No I don't because Amir really meant it when he said it and he was really trying to take him home. It wasn't his fault that it didn't work out at first.

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  19. Why did the author end the book with 2 stupid lines? "I Ran"

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    1. Because he has been running his whole life this whole book, the book is called kite RUNner the whole book is based around running literally and philosophically.

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  20. Will Amir start taking Hassans place in Sohrabs life because now Amir has a scar on his lip and running kites just like Hassan.

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  21. DO you think that Sohrab will ever ask Amir about his father?

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    1. Maybe. But we will never know.

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    2. Eventually but not anytime soon. I feel like it could be a soar subject for Sohrab sense he lost his father at such a young age.

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    3. He already knows a lot about him but he will probably ask him some more questions about him.

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  22. Why would Sorhab want to be like silent after he is now safe and out of harm i just thinks its kind of weird that after going through all of this surviving and making it to safety and then he wont talk is just strange ending.

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  23. Since Sorhabs father was so loyal to Amir why would Sorhab be that way because yes he is technically his Nephew shouldn't he just love him and not be so loyal to him and just love him like the son he never had?

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    1. I don't think so because Hassan was raised as a servant and he didn't know Amir like Hassan did.

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  24. Do you think all the twist and turns in Amir's life relates to the twist and turns in Afghanistan's political and social history.

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  25. The end of the book fit the story. It brought the story to a plausible closing that brought to truth the effects of afghan life.

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  26. After reading chapter 25 I was a little disappointed in how the book ended. In my opinion, it felt like the author did not really go into enough depth about Sohrab's life in America and left very little signs for what was to come in his future. With that said, there are a few things that stood out to me in this chapter. First, on page 349, it says, "...I had thought I'd weep again when I saw Sohrab. But when I sit on the chair at the foot of his bed, looking at his white face through the tangle of gleaming plastic tubes and IV lines, I am dry-eyed...a curious numbness washes over me." This passage left me a little confused on how to interpret Amir's feelings; was he happy, relived, regretful, angry? In addition, I wanted to mention a passage that I thought the author did a great job of symbolizing Sohrab's feelings. On page 353 it quotes, "Sohrab closed his eyes. Covered his arm, the one with the bruise." In my opinion, this is a huge symbolization of how Sohrab feel and how he will continue to feel for a very long time. It shows that no matter how hard he tries to forget the past, the scars and tragedy will always stay with him, just like the bruise that is covering his eyes. Finally, I wondered what will happened to Sohrab and what he will become. As the author did a great job of hinting Amir's future by ending the book with, "I ran," showing that he has been running all his life and now the running will finally be over, the author did not hint very well what will happen to Sohrab. Yes, the author gave a little hope when it Sohrab smiled in the end of the book, but I still would have liked a better idea for what is to come in Sohrab's future.

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  27. To me it seems that nobody can replace Hassan in Sohrabs life. No matter what Amir and Soraya do and no matter how hard they try, they will never be able to make Sohrab's life the same. After all Sohrab has gone through, from watching his parents get executed to being sexually assualted, to attempted suicide, you can see how it would be difficult to live a normal life again. On page 484 Sphrab states, " I want FAther and Mother Jan. I want Sasa. I want to play with Rahim Kahn sahib in the garden. I want to live in our house again." Amir knows he cannot bring back Hassan or Sasa. He knows he can't find Rahim Kahn. All Amir knows is that he is responsible for the well being of Sohrab, Hassan's son, and his nephew. He has had a long past of dishonesty and shame, and with this one act in the words of the late Rahim Kahn, "There is a way to be good again." I believe Amir will keep having an unconditional love for Sohrab until the day he dies. Not only for Hassan, but for Baba and Rahim Kahn as well.

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  28. In this chapter there is one thing that I found really cool. That thing is Amir brings Sohrab to San Fransisco to come live with them and Amir takes Sohrab to a park and buys a kite for him and flies it with him and the reason I think it is cool is because kite running was a huge part of Amir's and Hassan's life and now Amir is bringing it into Sohrab's life.

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