The Kite Runner: Soraya in The Kite Runner
Soraya is steady, intelligent, and always there for Amir when he needs her. She can be strong-willed like her father, General Taheri, and deplores the way. She does this despite her rebellious attitude toward her father's him in a negative way as Baba is conflicted about his relationship with Amir. Soraya is a young woman who helps out her parents at a flea market in California . Amir happens to see her as he works at the same market with his father.
Into the novel, Amir fells guilty of the fact that he kept secrets from his own wife before the marriage. As everything was being fixed for the marriage, Soraya confronted herself and told Amir that she ran away with another man that lasted for a month. Amir identifying himself shows Soraya that he is a different man compared to all the other Afghanistan men that are out there.
The experience that Amir has is a current secret and cannot be exposed. He feels that until he can help Hassan that it will disturb him for the rest of his life. Amir want to carry on the relationship even though he not being loyal with his relationship.
He is willing to take the risk and live a whole life with hiding the one biggest secret that Amir has. As the years went by, Amir and Soraya were thinking of having a child. This thought never turned to be a satisfied plan and resulted in Soraya not having the ability to have a child. It had seeped into our marriage, that emptiness, into our laughs, and our love making.
Amir feels that the guilt that he has for Hassan reflected on him at his family. Soraya is getting the effect after something what Amir did. As days went on, Amir started to recognize that his relationship with Soraya is changing and that it is different.
They start to talk less and interact not as much compared to when they decided of having a child. They would go their own ways when they go to sleep. And dreamed of Hassan running in the snow, the hem of green chapan dragging behind him, snow, crunching over his black rubber boots. Amir started drifting away from Soraya without his notice.
Between the Lines
When he goes to sleep he thinks of Hassan in a world that is special to him and not realistic. The guilt follows him in a long time after his marriage. The relationship with Soraya ends up to be not being able to be happy with her. No matter how much love is showed between Amir and Soraya, Amir will always feel bad that there connection will always have that memory bothering them. Amir decided to leave America and go look at Rahim Khan in Pakistan.
Rahim Khan is ill and requested for Amir to look at how situation is going.
Rahim Khan to Amir was always a friend from his childhood. Before he left Soraya to look at Rahim Khan, he knew that all his past memories and experiences are going to flashback.
The Kite Runner: Post Seven- Soraya's revelation
He was on the phone with Rahim Khan; he has been telling him that there is still a way for him to be changed. As he reached Peshawar, he sat with Rahim Khan and start talking about all the past events that took place. While he was talking, Amir got a flashback and thought of his past. It hit me again, the enormity of what I had done that winter and that following summer, the names rang in my head: Hassan, Sohrab, Ali, Farzana, and Sanaubar.
As Rahim Khan spoke of Ali, he brought back old memories that he never thought of in a long time. While saying this he brought up how Ali does not have the ability to have a child. What can you possibly say to make things better? Not a goddamn thing! He always thought Rahim Khan as a friend and when finding out that he kept this secret from him for a very long time, he looked at Rahim Khan differently.
The relationship that Amir had with Rahim Khan since his childhood just, faded away once he came to know the truth. Now that he knew the truth, Amir wanted to back in time and just fix everything he ever did. Later on, Amir started to think back and regret decisions that he made. I wished he had let me live on my oblivion. But he had called me. And what Rahim Khan revealed to me changed things. Made me see how my entire life, long before the winter of He thinks to himself that if he takes care of Sohrab it is figuratively like saving Hassan as well.
Amir within his mind sets that there is still time for changing what he did with Hassan to a person that has a piece of Hassan within him. He returns to Rahim Khan and tells him that he will be returning and realizes what he had told him is useful. Pader eventually found us. He showed up at the door and Saying I hated him I think this makes him feel better and more relateable as they have both done bad things. However, it also makes him jealous, as she has now got her secret off her chest, whereas he is still bottling his sins up.
It also shows that she does have some power in the relationship to make decisions. She comes across as very kind hearted, choosing to care for Baba rather than live with Amir and finally have a bit of freedom. How typical is Soraya of an Afghan woman and of an American woman?
Soraya is not particularly a strict Afghan woman as she does do things which would be forbidden in their culture. She ran away with a man when she was young, dishonouring her family by not keeping her virginity until marriage. She speaks to Amir a lot without permission from her father, this would be frowned upon and when the General finds out he tells Amir to stop seeing Soraya.
She does not wear appropriate Afghan women's clothing, so she is not fully covered. She wants to get a career in teaching. She doesn't let her father boss her around and make all the decisions for her. She also stands up to him when he is being unfair to her. She makes a lot of her own decisions in her relationship with Amir. She seems a lot more typical of an American woman in these ways as she has more freedom to make her own choices than a Afghan woman would have.
However, although she has a lot more freedom than most she still is not allowed to be alone with Amir during their engagement, she had no choice in marrying him and she has to go through the traditional marriage process.