Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Final Kite Runner Fishbowl!

This is your last chance to express your thoughts on The Kite Runner. If you haven't gotten into a hotseat yet, try it out today! Enjoy!

79 comments:

  1. All
    What does Sohrab think about being adopted and moving to America with someone he doesn't know very well?

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  2. Class:
    Do you think Amir and Soraya regret adopting Sohrab at all now that he doesn't talk at all and acts like he does not enjoy life?

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  3. Class-
    Why hasn't/didn't Sohrab talk for such a long time?

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  4. I think rahim Khan's plan all along was to have Amir adopt Sohrab. That was the idea all along. So, I think Sohrab is glad he is not in an orphanage. But, he really misses his dad.

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  5. Hey class,

    Because the author of the Kite Runner left the ending of the book with a cliff hanger, what do you think would have happened if the book had continued?

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  6. Kristen: I feel like Sohrab was excited to get out of Afghanistan and have a new life but now that he does not trust Amir so much anymore i think he regrets going to America with Amir.

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  7. Kaity- I think that amir like feels that Sorhab has a much better life and even though he does not talk i think they know that Sorhab will have a better life in America then in Kabul

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  8. Megan-
    I think Sohrab is scared that if he says something wrong then he could be sent to an orphanage, and that's the last place he ever wants to be.

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  9. Kaity- No i dont think so, i think all that he has been through is keeping him from being open. And I think Amir undderstands that.

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  10. I think that Sohrab thinks that anything could be better deep down but on the putside he doesnt really want to.

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  11. I think that when Sohrab is adopted he seems a little unapreacetive but also that it happened so fast after meeting Amir and being found and taken away from Assef so hes caught of gaurd by all the things that are happening to him.

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  12. Megan
    I think that Sohrab hasn't talked for a long time because he doesn't feel comfortable around other people. He stopped talking when he left the hospital after he attempted suicide. I think that he just wants his old life back and doesn't like the change he has to go through.

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  13. Katy- I think they do not regret adopting him at all. The reason he does not talk is because he has gone through a lot. He misses his dad and he misses the way things used to be. So, I could understand not talking at all.

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  14. Devon-
    I'm not sure that I would really call the ending a cliff hanger. It's more of just an ending that's open to a reader's interpretation. The author is giving us the opportunity to decide what happens next in the life of Sohrab and Amir.

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  15. Devon-I think that Amir would have treated Sohrab the way he wisshed he would have treated Hassan so that he can make up for everything and he would feel like it was a second chance so he wouldn't make the same mistakes.

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  16. Kristin- I think he likes the idea because of what his dad said about him, like when Amir asked if Hassan talked about him and Sohrab said that he said that Amir was the best friend he ever had, I think that he trusted what his dad said about Amir. I also think he was very scared to go with him at the same time.

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  17. Deavon: I feel like Sohrab would have been able to trust Amir a little more because Amir is trying to make the relationship between himself and Sohrab have strong trust on both sides. This is why he chased the kite for Sohrab.

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  18. class-

    In the final chapter on page 370, what is significant about Amir narrates "I ran."?

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  19. Class-
    Why do you think Sohrab wanted to take his own life?

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  20. class- Will Sohrab ever try to commit suicide again?

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  21. MeganL- Because he is depressed

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  22. Kaity- I do not think that Amir and Soraya regret adopting sohrab; they are his family, and with the terrors and horrible things that have happend to him in his life you have to expect some difficulties with him adjusting.

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  23. Moe-
    In the past, it was always Hassan that was the kite runner and I think that this switch in roles between Hassan/Sohrab and Amir is just one more way for Amir to realize the brotherhood he had between himself and Hassan.

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  24. Shane- Sadly yes i do think he will he has gone through a lot.

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  25. emily-I think Sohrab felt like it was the end for him and he didn't want to keep living the same life over and over by living in the orphanage and getting abused. He thought he's be better off dead because the life he was living was no better

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  26. Devon-
    I think the ending of the book let's the reader decide if Amir has "become good again." We don't really know, but he will have to live with the guilt of his past for the rest of his life. But, now God is in his life and he prays to him quite often. The last line is, "I ran." So, I think this means he became the kite runner. He uses Hassan's techniques and is proud of them and shows Sohrab them.

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  27. Moe- I think that it is significant because it all relates back to Amir's past. The reason why he ended up in his current situation was because of that one winter that Hassan ran for the kite. It symbolizes that his story has come full circle.

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  28. Anne-

    I agree with your statement and it also shows that Amir has to prove himself to Sohrab.

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  29. Emily- I think Sohrab tried to kill himself because he thought Amir and Soraya would be better off without him. He was trying to be unselfish by not being a burdon to Amir. But, I think Amir really does want to keep Sohrab.

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  30. Emily- I think that sohrab attempted to kill himself as a way out; with all the things that have happened and no way to deal with it, I'm sure it got overwhelming for him.

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  31. Shane
    I don't think he will try to commit suicide again. He attempted suicide because Amir told him that he would have to go to an orphanage again after Amir promised that he wouldn't. Sohrab seems happier living in America because he knows that he doesn't have to go back to living on the streets. Sohrab is now living with a family that he can connect with.

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  32. Moe-
    I think it is like him saying that he is done and that now that he has gone back to his past he is now getting it off of his back alittle.

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  33. Shane-I don't think he will because he has Amir and Amir isn't going to make the mistakes he maade with Hassan so Sohrab's life is going to be much better.

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  34. Shane: I do not think he will try and commit suicide again because I think the reason he did it tin the first place was because he was worried he would be back in an orphanage. Sohrab will learn to deal with his new life in America and he knows that anything is better then living back in Afghanistan.

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  35. Moe-
    Is it possible that he's also prove himself to Sohrab as well as himself, if that makes sense?

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  36. Moe- I think this is significant because the kite running is how the whole issue started and I think the author was trying to show how Amir put the guilt behind him and could move on with his life with no guilt weighing him down.

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  37. Shane- I do not think Sohrab will try to kill himself again because he realized that Amir wanted to keep him and have him be a part of their family.

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  38. Trent- I think he will warm up to Amir, especially after he smiled at the end. This is a very good sign after he tied to commit suicide.

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  39. CLASS-
    The book ends with the line "I ran"

    What could this represent?

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  40. Shane-
    I don't think that Sohrab will try to commit suicide again because even though he longed for his past with his rightful mother and father, he knows that it can't come true. Sohrab will eventually accept that he is lucky to be in the current situation and grow used to the fact that with Amir and Soraya is where he belongs. It will just take time for him to realize that.

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  41. Class- Do you think Sohrab will have trust issues?

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  42. In response to Cody's question I think Hassan definitely would have wanted Amir to adopt Sohrab because Amir has overcome his selfishness and guilt and he wants to be at peace and be forgiven so Hassan would know that he would take good care of Sohrab

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  43. Devon-

    I agree with your statement, and i also like how the author starts the story off with random words that slowly gain meaning throughout the story such as the story being called " The Kite Runner" and yet the story ends with Amir running a kite for Hasans son proving his loyalty to Sohrab even though he doesn't talk to him.

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  44. Emily- I think it could represent Amir and Sohrab's relationship. I think they were both hesitant to warm up to each other but now they will start being more like a family.

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  45. Hola Clase. It is Meg from home. I will be blogging with you today.

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  46. Trent
    I agree with Shane. Sohrab will warm up to Amir because he wants a family to be there for him. Sohrab will slowly warm up to Amir but the half smile is a good sign showing Amir that life will be ok in the end. The half smile also shows that Amir has been treating Sohrab well for the first time taking care of a child.

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  47. Devon- I agree with you about how Sohrab tried to kill himself because he wanted to go back to his own parents and to be with them.

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  48. All-

    Do you think that Raymond Andrew's daughter committing suicide was a foreshadowing of Sohrab?

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  49. Class-

    Do you think that Amir has redeemed him self? If not, what else do you think he would need to do? If redemption is even possible in the situation.

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  50. Emily-maybe this symbolizes that he is finally being released from the struggle throughout the whole book. He was "running" from the past and leaving it behind so he could start over.

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  51. Emily: Sohrab didn't want to go to a orphanage, which was apparent how Amir said his facial expression had changed dramatically after he mentioned the slight chance.

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  52. Class:
    What are your opinions on the ending?

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  53. Erica- I think that Sohrab will have trust issues for the rest of his life. not only because he was sexually violated but because people have broken promises to him. Amir made so many promises to Sohrab and many times they did not break through. Also Sohrab was finally starting to connect with Amir and trust him. he was the only person he connected with and when Amir told him that he might have to go to an orphanage, Sohrab lost all trust.

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  54. The kites are a huge symbol for the book. The kites brought back memories of Hassan and Amir. I think from now on Sohrab will kind of fill the void which used to be Hassan for Amir.

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  55. Jacob- I think Amir is finally good again. I think that because Amir adopted Sohrab and Amir wanting to adopt him. He wanted to do something good.

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  56. Dakota-I agree with you. I think the 'kite runner' is not just an activity but also represents Amir running from his troubles.

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  57. All-

    Do you think that Sohrab committing suicide in the bath tub has any significance. I think that Sohrab baths every night to get rid of some perceived "sin" could he attempting to kill himself be some ultimate way of releasing this sin?

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  58. Emily-
    I think the line "I ran" might represent that he became the kite runner that he admired at the beginning. Throughout Hassan's life, kites seem to symbolize hope. This part maybe states that he will try to forgive himself and others.

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  59. Devon
    I dont think that he has to redeem himself anymore. I think that there is really anything that he can do. I think that is just a memory now that he has and he feels like it is off of his back now after he met back up with Assef.

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  60. Devon- I don't think that he really redeemed himself but that he could forgive himself. I think the only thing that he really could do to redeem himself is to apologize to Hassan and Baba, but he can't do that anymore because they are both dead.

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  61. Devon
    I think that Amir never had to redeem himself. I think that him saving Sohrab was just a test for himself and other to prove that he could change and he could forget his past. I don't think that redemption is an answer for everything in life.

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  62. Dakota: I like thatttt! Althought, was there a reference to the start of the book that says "I ran"??

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  63. Kaity- I was not happy with the end of the book. it felt lazy and like the author was bored writing it and he just wanted to finish it.

    Class: How would you have finished the book?

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  64. Melissa-

    So the basics of what your saying is that he has redeemed himself for what he didn't do back in alley way back in the day?

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  65. Dakota- You brought up a good point. For Amir's entire life he was running from the truth and because he ran at the end it symbolizes a new beginning. Amir's new beginning is with/for Sohrab.

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  66. I think it was a good ending, because it leaves the reader guessing and lets them make up the ending themselves.

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  67. Maddie- You pick up on things so well! Yes that seems right because he might feel like he is a bother to Amir and he didnt want to be the reason for Amir's pain.

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  68. I think that Sohrab is stll alittle scared about being adopted about this family he doesn't know very well but on the other hand i think he's thankful

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  69. CLass- Sorry im not there today and i forgot about the fishbowl!

    How do you think that Amir will cope with Shorab's attempt of killing yourself

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  70. All
    Now reading the whole book, what are your thoughts about what the kites symbolize?

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  71. Nikki- I disagree, but only because through these last chapters after Sohrab saved Amir's life they started playing games and they were getting closer to eacho other so I think he felt comfortable, around Amir at least. He must have still been scared of what Soroya would think but I doubt that would have been enough to scare him off.

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  72. Meg-I don't know if it reference the running but on page 1 it says "I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years" so maybe he was "running" away from the past by turning away from the alley

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  73. mgardner-

    If Sohrab was bathing to get rid of his sin in the water wouldn't that mean that he would be killing himself in his sin so he would be soaked in his sin.

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  74. Dakota:
    Well it might have been later in the book while Hassan and him were running kites or something. I would check but MOLLY has my book.

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  75. Kristin- I think the kites symbolize how much Amir becomes a better person though out the book, and you can almost connect everything with Amir and Hassan through the kites

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  77. Dakota:
    Emily:
    "Amir remembers flying kites with his father and Hassan in the wintertime. When their kite cuts down a competitor's kite, Amir runs to retrieve the fallen kite for Sohrab, echoing the words of Hassan from decades before: "For you a thousand times over."'
    Amir is raising the son of his "hazara" Hassan. He is now serving Hassan in the only way he can see fit. I feel like the quote at the end of the book is important because Amir finally feels that he has been redeemed from the guilt he carried all those years. By becoming the runner for Sohrab, he is also running for Hassan. The concept of flying kites is child's play. In many ways Amir is back to his childhood, only this time he is serving not being served.

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