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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

  

by Khaled Hosseini

Analysis: Shout Outs

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Cain and Abel (throughout)
  • Omar Khayyám (3.28, 8.94, 20.52)
  • Hãfez (3.28, 3.29, 8.94, 20.52)
  • Masnawi, Rumi (3.28)
  • Rumi (3.29, 20.52)
  • Saadi (3.29, 20.52)
  • Victor Hugo (3.29)
  • Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (24.195, 24.198)
  • Jules Verne (3.29)
  • Mark Twain (3.29)
  • Ferdowsi, Shahnamah (4.23, 8.45, 9.16, 11.89, 16.39, 17.7, 25.37, 25.39)
  • David and Goliath (5.53, 22.136-22.153)
  • Ibrahim (7.134)
  • Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (8.48)
  • Jesus Christ (12.15, 21.82)
  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (12.35)
  • Beydel (20.52)
  • Jami (20.52)
  • The Virgin Mary (24.219)

Historical References

  • Nadir Shah (2.7, 10.7, 19.105)
  • Ali ibn Abi Talib (2.33)
  • Henry Kissinger (3.44, 3.45)
  • Mohammed Zahir Shah (4.1, 5.8, 8.97, 11.5, 11.7, 25.119)
  • Mullah Nasruddin (4.12, 4.13, 21.48, 21.50, 21.51, 21.54, 25.120)
  • Mohammed Daoud Khan (5.8, 5.33, 6.49, 6.52)
  • Adolf Hitler (5.38, 5.39, 8.125)
  • Jimmy Carter (11.5)
  • Leonid Brezhnev (11.5)
  • Ronald Reagan (11.5, 11.72)
  • George H. Bush (11.72)
  • Hussein bin Talal (13.7)
  • Aisha bint Abu Bakr (23.4, 23.9, 23.99)
  • Dan Rather (25.106)
  • Tom Brokaw (25.106)
  • Hamid Karzai (25.106, 25.119)

Pop Culture References

  • Ian Fleming (3.29)
  • Rio Bravo (4.8)
  • John Wayne (4.8)
  • The Magnificent Seven (4.8, 5.71, 25.65)
  • Charles Bronson (4.8, 25.65)
  • Steve McQueen (4.10)
  • Bullitt (4.10)
  • Clint Eastwood (5.71)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (5.71)
  • Ahmad Zahir (7.12, 25.114)
  • El Cid (8.14)
  • Charlton Heston (8.14)
  • Lee Majors (11.7)
  • Mickey Spillane (11.8)
  • Elvis (12.15)
  • Jim Morrison (12.15)
  • Ustad Mohammad Hussain Sarahang (13.5)
  • Johnny Carson (13.74, 13.75)
  • John Lennon (21.82, 21.85, 21.86, 22.10)
  • Clark Gable (22.123, 23.2, 23.16,
  • Al Pacino (23.28, 23.34)
  • The Godfather (23.28, 23.34)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (24.34)
  • Pakeeza (24.98)
  • James Coburn (25.65)
  • Robert Vaughn (25.65)
  • Dick Clark (25.109)
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (25.143)

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