An Analysis on the Importance of Chapter 7 in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner

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In chapter seven of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the reader is faced with a crucial moment in the novel. This chapter presents an important scene, where Hassan chooses to be raped by Assef rather than handing him Amir’s kite. Hosseini brings the reader a critical moment in chapter seven when Hassan becomes Amir’s sacrifice for happiness, and all aspects of the boys’ childhoods change forever. Chapter seven presents a significant advancement in the plot, a development of the main characters, and the appearance of several important symbols used in the story. There is a significant advancement in the plot of the story in chapter seven. This chapter presents the peak of events in the storyline. In the first half of the book, the main characters are developed and the setting is introduced. The reader learns that Amir is looking for acceptance from his father, Baba, and that he believes by winning the Kite Running competition, Baba will finally be proud of him. After Amir has cut down the final kite, the only obstacle left is for Hassan to run and catch it. After Hassan catches the kite, he is confronted by Assef, who gives him an ultimatum: if he gives up the kite, he will be left alone; if not, he will have to face the consequences. Hassan remains loyal to Amir, and faces the wrath of Assef. Amir comes across the scene of Hassan being raped, and says he is given one final opportunity: “to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, and stand up for Hassan – the way he’d stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. / In the end, I ran” (Hosseini 77). He pretends to not hear or see the rape, or “the dark stain in the seat of his pants. Or those tiny drops that fell from between his legs and stained the snow black” (Hosseini 78). This scene changes the relationship between the boys, as Amir
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