Tuesday, March 22, 2011
"For you, a thousand times over" The Kite Runner
"For you, a thousand times over." pg. 2 This quote is very important to the meaning of the book and the relationship between Hassan and Amir. It is first seen on page 2 of the novel, but is repeated throughout the entire book. The readers do not understand the meaning of the quote on page 2 as they will later on, but the significance of it is already noticed. I think that it is the epitome of loyalty and friendship and is a quote from Hassan that haunted Amir from the moment he said it all into his adult life. I see it as a surrender almost, a surrender where Hassan tells Amir that even though they are different types of Muslims, not family, and classes apart, he will always be there for him. Amir does not show this type of sacrifice towards Hassan at all. He lets Hassan take the blame for his mischievousness, lets Hassan stand up to the bullies that Amir would be far more equiped to handle due to his status, and never shows Hassan the love and friendship that Hassan showed him from birth... Hassan's first word was Amir while Amir's was Baba. "For you, a thousand times over" is a gift, a promise, and one that I think Hassan will never break and one that Amir has never appreciated. It alsmost has this haunted ring to it and I wonder how Amir will learn of the true power of this phase or if he ever will.