Heroic Journey The Kite runner

Part 1: Call to Adventure
For you a thousand times over - Hassan (Hosseini 67)

The ordinary world: Amir and Soraya live in San Francisco

"I have to go to Pakistan." She stood up now. "Pakistan?" "Rahim Khan is very sick." (Hosseni 191)

The Call to Adventure: Rahim Khan calls Amir, and tells him there is a way to be good again

Come. There is a way to be good again, Rahim Khan had said on the phone just before hanging up. Said it in passing, almost as an afterthought. A way to be good again. (Hosseni 192

Refusal: Amir is undecided about going to Pakistan, but then his wife, Soraya, encourages him he should go

A week later, I sat on a window seat aboard a Pakistani International Airlines flight, watching a pair of airline workers remove the wheel chocks. The plane taxied out of the terminal and, soon, we were airborne, cutting though the clouds. I rested my head against the window. Waited, in vain, for sleep. (Hosseni 194)
Part 2: SupremeOrdeal

Mentor/Helper: Rahim Khan encourages Amir to fix his past and make up for his mistakes

"I brought you here because I am going to ask something of you. I going to ask you to do something for me. But before I do, i want to tell you about Hassan. Do you understand?" "Yes," I murmured. "I want to tell you about him. I want to tell you everything. You will listen?" I nodded. (Hosseni 202)

Crossing the Threshold: Going to the orphanage with the intention to find Sohrab, but he is told that the Taliban has taken him

"Salaam alaykum," I said. I showed him the Polaroid. "We're searching for this boy."... "I come from Peshawar," I said. "A good friend of mine knows an American couple there who run a charity home for children."... "There's hope for this boy, Agha, a way out. Please open that door." (Hosseni 252)

Test/Enemies: Amir fighting Assef for Sohrab, and then taking Sohrab with him

"Assef." "Amir Jan." "What are you doing here?" I said, knowing how utterly foolish the question sounded, yet unable to think of anything else to say. "The question is what are you doing here?" "I already told you." "The boy?" "Yes." (Hosseni 281)
Part 3: Transformation

Approach: when Amir was in the hospital and trying to connect with Sohrab

I had counted them earlier, and, surprisingly, found the deck [of cards] complete. I asked Sohrab if he wanted to play. I didn't expect him to answer, let alone play. He'd been quiet since we had fled Kabul. But then he turned from the window and said, "The only game I know is panjpar." "I feel sorry for you already, because I am the grand master at panjpar. World renowned." (Hosseni 306)

Ordeal: Sohrab cutting himself because Amir was going to have to put him back in the orphanage

"Sohrab!" I called, rising from my bed. "I have great news." I knocked on the bathroom door. "Sohrab! Soraya Jan just called from California. We won't have to put you in the orphanage... We're going to America!" I pushed the door open. Stepped into the bathroom. Suddenly I was on my knees, screaming. Screaming through my clenched teeth. Screaming until I thought my throat would rip and my chest explode. Later, they said I was still screaming when the ambulance arrived. (Hosseni 343)

Reward: Sohrab going back to America with Amir

In the end, Sohrab never accepted my offer. Nor did he decline it... And so it was that, about a week later, we crossed a strip of warm, black tarmac and I brought Hassan's son from Afghanistan to America, lifting him from the certainty of turmoil and dropping in a turmoil of uncertainty. (Hosseni 356)
Part 4: The Road Back

Road Back: Sohrab adjusting to the US, but finding it hard to because he misses his family and is recovering from his wounds

Soraya asked if he liked his room and I noticed that she was trying to avoid looking st his wrists and that her eyes kept swaying back to those jagged pink lines. Sohrab lowered his head. Hid his hands under his thighs and said nothing, then he simply lay his head on the pillow less than 5 minutes later, Soraya and I watching from the doorway, he was snoring. "Closing Sohrab 's door, I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with the pain gathering it's things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night." (Hosseni 359)

Atonement: Amir and Sohrab flying kites together, and Amir being able to see a future where Sohrab can be happy

I looked down at Sohrab. One corner of his mouth had curled up just so. A smile. Lopsided. Hardly there. But there... "Do you want me to run that Kite for you?" His Adam's apple rose and fell as he swallowed. The wind lifted his hair. I thought I saw him nod. "For you, a thousand times over," I heard myself say. Then I turned and ran. It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make anything all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing... But I'll take it. With open arms. I ran. A grown man running with a swarm of screaming children. But I didn't care. I ran with the wind blowing in my face and a smile as wide as ethe Valley of Panjsher on my lips. I ran. (Hosseni 371)

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