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kite runner monologue

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It's wrong what they say about the past, I've learnt, about how you can bury it, because the past claws its way out to haunt you. My name is Amir, and this is my story, the story of my life. The story of my life begins in the winter of 1975. The year that defined what was I to become I remember Hassan, my best friend, or rather, my brother, as I got to know later. It was the time of the kite season, the most beloved season of every child in Afghanistan. Kites hold a special significance in my life. Kites were something that united me with my Baba and Hassan, and kites were what separated us, forever. The mere act of kite flying fills me with sense of exhilaration and freedom. However, kite flying had a darker side. It was a constant reminder of the class difference between me and Hassan which plagued our friendship. While flying kites, one person flies the kite while one person just holds the string. In our case, Hassan was always the person to hold the string. ...read more.


And what do you thing I did, I absconded from the scene. I ran not so much out of fear, but because I was ready to sacrifice Hassan to gain Baba's love. I betrayed a friend who sacrificed himself for my sake. Hassan had to suffer for me so that I could live happily. That was the day when I became a sinner, and an insomniac. Sometime later, I found Hassan walking down the alleyway. I feigned ignorance about what had transpired and took the kite from him. I returned home and my proud Baba took me in his arms. I forgot what I had done. Every action has its consequence. To enjoy a few moments of happiness, I would have to suffer the rest of my life. After the incident, instead of apologizing to Hassan, I acted as if nothing had happened. My guilt led me towards more wrongdoings. I began to ignore him and began torturing him with my silence, compounding his injury even more. What could I do? His face became an albatross around the neck for me, a continuous reminder of my guilt. ...read more.


I was equivocal and tried to convince him to send someone else. I had a family, a business. I was cut short by the following words "I think we both know why it has to be you, Amir". This was followed by my epiphany that I and Hassan were consanguineous. This redefined our relationship. I knew that to redeem myself, I had to be able to forgive myself and that could only happen by committing an act of bravery. I decided to go to Afghanistan to bring Sohrab back. After facing many troubles and an encounter with Assef, the pain of which nearly killed me, which I rather cherished as a tribute to Hassan, I managed to bring Sohrab back to Pakistan. I decided to take him to USA with me when I realized that that was what Rahim Khan had expected me to do. Two years passed, the kite tournament arrived. I still hadn't been able to completely redeem myself. I realized that to truly redeem myself, I had to eradicate the class barriers which had plagued mine and Hassan's friendship. Hence I ran the kite for Sohrab with the following words "For you a thousand times over" ...read more.

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