On the morning of the big kite-fighting tournament, Hassan tells Amir about a dream he had about the two of them at Lake Ghargha. In the dream there is a huge crowd of people who are all afraid to swim because there is supposedly a monster in the lake. Then Amir and Hassan jump into the lake and swim across, proving that there is no monster after all, and the people cheer and rename the lake “Lake of Amir and Hassan, Sultans of Kabul.” Amir wonders if Hassan invented the dream to cheer him up because of his nervousness, as Hassan later tells him “There’s no monster, just a beautiful day.” The tragedy of this is that later that same day Hassan gets raped by Assef. There was a monster after all, but the novel allows for several interpretations of just what the monster in the lake could be – Assef, Amir’s jealousy and desire for Baba’s approval, or Amir himself.
The Monster in the Lake Quotes in The Kite Runner
The The Kite Runner quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Monster in the Lake. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead Books edition of The Kite Runner published in 2013.).
Chapter 8 Quotes
I thought about Hassan’s dream, the one about us swimming in the lake. There is no monster, he’d said, just water. Except he’d been wrong about that. There was a monster in the lake… I was that monster.
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The Monster in the Lake Symbol Timeline in The Kite Runner
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Monster in the Lake appears in The Kite Runner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.