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Question by مدينا Medina ☪: Correct this essay comparing Kite Runner to the movie?
i know this is very long, but please read it and tell me what i could add and take out. The assignment is to do a compare and contrast essay to the Kite Runner to the movie. If you see any spelling errros, or ways to improve my essay that would be great! thanks!
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini is the first book written in English by an Afghan author. The movie is directed by Marc Forster and produced by William Horberg. “The Kite Runner” is about Amir and a Hazara boy named Hassan. As these two boys grow older, Hassan is discriminated against and raped. Amir who witness it all becomes disgusted and moves on in his life. Later when Amir starts his new life in America, guilt starts to eat him and he sets off to Afghanistan once again to find Hassan. Both, the book and movie were exceptional. But obviously, a movie can never beat the book, but even so in this case, I believe that the filmmakers were still true to the book and heritage.
The filmmakers did a very good job of accurately portraying the book so some credit must be given. But the movie was about two hours long and the filmmakers crammed as much book material in the movie as they could. Some similarities between the book and the movie were that the movie had all the main ideas of the book. For example, a main idea in the story was the kite tournaments. The movie had these included and included very good images and graphics. It seemed like they put a lot of time in this portion of the movie. Another main idea was that the movie told the audience that Amir and Hassan were half brothers, and that Hassan was the son of Amir’s father. Another similarity was the descriptions of the characters in the book vs. the actors playing that character in the move. For instance, Rahim Khan. Rahim in the book was a caring uncle who didn’t care if Amir became a writer or a doctor. He just wanted whatever would make Amir happy, unlike Amir’s father. In the movie this was also followed. Rahim Khan was kind and considerate, and gave Amir a book to write his stories in (a detail which is also in the book). Unlike many other books vs. their movies, the characters in this movie stayed honest to their characters in the book. Because the book was so good, and the movie didn’t leave out many things it made both the book and movie exceptional and remarkable.
Although all main ideas and important events from the story were taken in account in the movie, there were some things that were not added. These things did not affect the movie too much. Some things that were left out were details such as Sohrab’s suicide attempts, Hassan’s gypsy mother, Embassy issues, and Soraya’s grief due to Sohrab. These details didn’t affect the storyline too much, but if they were there they would make the movie just as good. To go into more detail, Sohrab was the son of Hassan who is later found out that he was killed by the Taliban. Sohrab hardly says a word because he is so physically and mentally scarred because of Asef, the bully who used Sohrab as a sex toy. In the book, Sohrab committed suicide twice. But in the movie it was not shown or even talked about, same with the embassy issues. Amir and Soraya decide to adopt Sohrab, who is also Amir’s nephew. When they adopt in the book it is more realistic because they have some problems with the Embassy and adoption papers. In the book it is a little bit unrealistic because they just put Sohrab on a plane with Amir to head back from Afghanistan to America, with no issues or problems. The filmmakers expect the audience to fill in the blank spots of the movie. Also the movie does not talk anything about Hassan’s mother. If someone in the audience had not read the book before watching the movie, that one scene in the movie would have been very confusing because no word is spoken about Hassan’s mother. In the book Hosseini tells the reader that Hassan’s mother was a gypsy and ran away after giving birth to Hassan, leaving Hassan’s father to raise him. This leads me to another difference. In the book Hassan is hair-lipped and in his 12th birthday, Amir’s dad pays for Hassan to have surgery to get rid of the hair-lip. In the movie this is not even told or shown, not even is Hassan’s birthday shown. So even though some of these details were missed in the movie, it was still amazing and very tragic.
In conclusion, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hoissein and the movie produced by Marc Forester are both amazing. While the book had more detail and description, the movie brought the images alive and made it harder to accept, because it was so sad. All in all, the filmmakers were defiantly true to the book.
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Answer by miss fishy
I feel that leaving out the part about Hassan’s mother in the movie was a good choice. While it was a touching point in the book (when the Mother returned after many years to find Hassan), it was not crucial. More time should be allocated for other important events.
There are two parts of the story which should be addressed in the movie – 1) Rahim Khan knowing about Amir’s betrayal to Hassan years ago: When grown up Amir visited Rahim Khan in Parkistan, Rahim only told him “There is a way to be good again”. It was not explained clearly that Rahim knew the ‘secret’. 2) Sohrab’s attempted suicide: To explain what caused it, how it damaged the relationship which has been just formed between Amir and Sohrab and caused Sohrab to take so long to warm up to Amir and Soraya.
You mentioned that in the movie, Hassan’s birthday was not shown. It was, in fact, part of the movie. However, Baba only bought Hassan a kite. There was no mention about the lip surgery as Hassan (in the movie) was not hare-lipped.
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