The Dream of Ghargha Lake

In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Hassan, who is the son of Ali, Amir’s father’s servant, is brewing black tea for breakfast. Once Hassan had concluded making the tea, he walked over to Amir and began telling him about a dream he’d had the other night. With Hassan’s dream, the meaning behind it was unclear to Hassan, he was hoping that Amir would be able to tell him what it meant. But Amir, just like Hassan, did not understand the meaning behind the dream. Amir told Hassan that it was just a dumb dream because nothing happens in it. Hassan then told  Amir what his father had said to him about dreams, that they all mean something.

“We were at Ghargha Lake, you, me, Father, Agha sahib, Rahim Khan, and thousands of other people.”  . . .

“It was warm and sunny, and the lake was clear like a mirror. But no one was swimming because they said a monster had come to the lake. It was swimming at the bottom, waiting.” . . .

“So everyone is scared to get in the water, and suddenly you kick off your shoes, Amir agha, and take off your shirt. ‘There’s no monster,’ you say ‘I’ll show you all.’ And before anyone can stop you, you dive into the water, start swimming away. I follow you in and we’re both swimming.” . . .

“But you can’t swim.” . . .

“It’s a dream, Amir agha, you can do anything. Anyway, everyone is screaming, ‘Get out! Get out!’ but we just swim in the cold water. We make it way out to the middle of the lake and we stop swimming. We turn toward the shore and wave to the people. They look small like ants, but we can hear them clapping. They see now. There is no monster, just water. They change the name of the lake after that, and call it the ‘Lake of Amir and Hassan, Sultans of Kabul,’ and we get to charge people money for swimming in it.” (pp. 63-64)

With the quotes displayed above, they tell us of the entire dream Hassan had, and how there was no monster at the bottom of the lake. But it is relevant to look into this dream now because later in the story we will be able to see that there was a monster in Hassan’s dream, and within Hassan’s life as well. Which, like the dream, was waiting, waiting for the opportunity to drag him down, into the bottom of the lake. Where he would finally realize, in his last breath, the truth behind friendship.

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