BC: The End Thank You for Reading
FC: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Jenny Bai Block 1-1
1: Summary in a Poem by Jenny Bai I was a good kid who didn't kill or steal, You were a good friend who served me every meal. When you were in danger I ran away, faster than a wheel I was scared of fists like steal. We had wounds that never heal, I always wished it wasn't real, Guilt was bitter like orange peel. I had another chance to stand up and fight, I had another chance to do what's right. I saved your son and held him tight, My bravery was fire bright. We would laugh in sunlight And run after our flying kite.
3: A Group Visual Response
5: Mirror This novel was like a mirror; I could almost see my own reflection. Like the protagonist Amir, I was a pretty average child. I was never significantly strong or brave and lacked some self-confidence. Sometimes, we were equally pathetic. When Amir made fun of Hassan for being illiterate, I saw myself doing the same thing. When I was in China, I always had a nanny (though they change from year to year) taking care of me and my sister. I had very minimal respect in them; especially the illiterate ones. One of the reason is I didn’t like living with strangers with unfamiliar accents; I rather would have my parents to take care of me. But just like Amir, there was something else that made us want to ridicule others. It felt as if we were better people; we were more superior; we knew more. Now that I think about it, I was the ridiculous one. All my nannies that worked in my family were trying to support their family although that means separation. They knew my shoe size better than their own children’s. On the other hand, I was just an ignorant kid living off of my parents. This mirror showed the reflection of my old self. On the bright side, I became much more mature and respectful. When Amir left Hassan in danger, I didn’t despise him for doing that because I couldn't guarantee that I wouldn’t do the same thing if I were in the same situation. My rationality would tell me that even if I go rescue “Hassan”, it wouldn’t make a difference since I fight like a hamster anyway. It woudnt be worth it. But the truth is that, I’m a coward just like him. I can’t help being scared of the pain, the humiliation and the bad consequences. This is the reflection of me in the present. I can’t predict my actions if I were put into the same situation as Amir. I can only hope I will never be put into such bad situations.
7: B Group Significant Quotation
8: “I haven't been paid in over six months. I’m broke because I’ve spent my life's savings on this orphanage. Everything I ever owned or inherited I sold to run this godforsaken place. You think I don't have family in Pakistan and Iran? I could have run like everyone else. But I didn't. I stayed. I stayed because of them.” He pointed to the door. “If I deny him one child, he takes ten. So I let him take one and leave the judging to Allah. I swallow my pride and take his goddamn filthy dirty money. Then I go to the bazaar and buy food for the children” (K. Hosseini, 270)
9: When Amir and his accompany, Farid found the orphanage Sohrab was in, Sohrab was already sold to the Taliban. Amir was disappointed and Farid was furious. I was angry at the orphanage keeper Zaman as well. Selling helpless orphans was cruel and unacceptable. However, after listening to his confession, their opinion of him changed from despise to respect. They were angry at first because they forgot the orphanage is at Afghanistan, a region of chaos and poverty. They forgot that the Taliban was powerful but ruthless. The orphanage keeper Zaman was indeed a good man. He was a hero to the children that he saved. But he still had to sell orphans because he couldn’t rebel the Taliban. If he refused to sell them a few kids, everyone else would have to starve or even to be killed. Some children like Sohrab had to sacrifice for the greater good. Bad situation is what made good people make bad choices. This answers the question “Why do ordinarily good people sometimes do bad things?” The situation is simply so bad that there is not a good choice. In situations like that, people could only choose what contributes to the greater good. For instance, during Bubonic Plague Epidemic in Europe, sick people were isolated without medical support. Some were burned to death when they were still breathing. They were sacrificed for the greater good because if they don’t get burned into ashes or buried underground, they would quickly infect other people and contaminate resources. Although cruel, it was necessary. People made terrible choices because there were no alternatives. They were dead ends.