The kite runner. Chapters 5,6,7 and 8. Summary of chapter 5.
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In this chapter, we get a first glimpse of the future events in Afghanistan, ‘The earth shook a little and we heard the rat-a-tat-tat of gunfire’. The future events in the book are foreshadowed in this sentence, the onomatopoeia brings the idea of gunfire to life, helping the reader to get into the mind of the characters.
This is also the chapter in which Assef and his friends first torment Hassan and Amir, Hassan draws the slingshot and threatens Assef with the line ‘I will change your name to one eyed-Assef’, this is ironic as it shows Hassan in control, whereas in the future events, the roles are reversed.
Baba also pays for Hassan to get his lip fixed which is also ironic as that is a factor that makes him stand out as a Hazara, even when it is change he is not treated as an equal.
In chapter 6, Amir tests his and Hassan’s friendship, he says, ‘would you ask me to do that?’ when Amir asks if he would eat dirt for him. It is clear that Hassan would do anything for Amir, however Amir is willing to test that friendship. In the later chapters we wonder if Amir is a true friend to Hassan as he does not stand up for him.
Baba also buys Hassan a kite for his birthday, we understand that they are close and Baba treats them well, but all fits into place when we later find out that Baba is in fact Hassan’s real father. Amir is always jealous of the way that Baba treats Hassan and he eventually finds out why.
This is also the night before the kite running tournament, Hassan states that he thinks Amir will ‘make Baba proud’, this ironic as the events that occur on that day would far from make his father proud of him if he only knew the truth.