Luckily, I wouldn't have to drink another cup of tea because I spent the next five days suffering from uncontrollable, explosive diarrhea. I confined myself to my room where I would pass the time by rocking back and forth in the fetal position until I had to run to the bathroom again. I would eat the solid food from the health food store, but nothing resembling solid poop was coming out of me. The toilet water looked like chicken broth. I was wiping so much that I actually started spotting the toilet paper with blood. The first time that happened, I couldn't help but laugh at the situation. I should have been cast to play young Hassan in The Kite Runner. I WILL NOT GIVE UP THIS KITE!!! IT BELONGS TO AMIR AGHA!!! I literally sat on the throne anywhere between fifteen and thirty times a day. By the afternoon of day four, I began icing my asshole down with a tray of cubes from the freezer. I couldn't go to the gym. I couldn't go to the supermarket. I couldn't go to Blockbuster. I couldn't leave my apartment because there was a very real chance I would end up shitting myself in public. I debated going to the emergency room, but a quick scan of my last e-room bill made me decide that I couldn't afford it. I was walking like I spent a week riding a horse with no saddle. I couldn't string two hours of sleep together without being shaken awake to offer what little water was left in my body as sacrifice to the plumbing gods. By the fifth day I was a dehydrated husk of a human being; broken both physically and emotionally in ways that would have made Josef Mengele skittish. My eyes showed no joy. I was defeated.
Another way in which Hosseini creates the character of Hassan in The Kite Runner is through portraying him as being an idyllic character as a symbol of...
Amir and Hassan in The Kite Runner
Who is Hassan in The Kite Runner
BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis