Kite Runner vs. Poetry
“A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” – Baba says this to Rahim Khan as a comment on the behaviour of Amir. Through this he identifies Amir’s greatest flaw: cowardice. It is this trait that leaves him desperately craving Baba’s love, and ultimately leads to be letting Assef rape Hassan. It also foreshadows Amir’s return to Kabul in search of Sohrab; the test of Amir’s character also tests whether Baba’s statement is true.
“Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended” – This sentence appears towards the start of chapter five and ...view middle of the document...
“For you, a thousand times over” – Hassan speaks this line as goes to run the blue kite that Amir cut down to win the tournament, showing his devotion to his friend. This line is mentioned by Amir throughout the novel when he reflects on the loyalty of Hassan compared to his own cowardice. Amir says this to Sohrab in the final chapter, showing that the cycle of redemption is complete.
“I tore the wrapping paper from Assef’s present. It was a biography of Hitler.” – This foreshadows the later segregation in Afghanistan and portrays Assef to be one who enjoys the pleasure of torturing as well as power and status.
Afghan words – used to remind the reader of the nationality of the characters
Bold and italics – used to emphasis important words, as well as often being used when Amir is quoting what another character said earlier
Clinical words – used in the scenes in the various hospitals in the novel, showing the seriousness of the situation by punctuating Amir’s familiar writing style
Cultural and religious references – used to set the context of the novel and explain the Afghan class system for Western readers
Descriptions – used to paint vivid pictures, often of scenes the adult Amir strongly remembers
Emotive language – used to encourage, or discourage, the reader to feel a connection with the various characters in the novel
Foreboding – used to prepare the reader for upcoming events, setting a dark tone to many parts of the novel
Implications – used when Amir finds in too painful to state something explicitly
Pathetic fallacy – used to contribute to the meaning of a event by mirroring the emotions Amir feels with the weather, most noticeably in chapter nine when Ali and Hassan leave Kabul
Punctuation – used to show moments Amir struggles to put into words by contrasting faltering language with his usually well-written style
Reflective and introspective language – used when Amir is looking back at past events or when he is criticising his own actions
Repetition – used throughout the novel, typically to link the events with Amir’s childhood
Time references – used to give the reader a sense of where in Amir’s life the events are happening, important given the story spans several decades
Violent imagery – used to show the horror the characters faced in unstable Afghanistan as well as the evilness of some of the characters themselves
Bildungsroman – The novel has elements of Bildungsroman as much of the story follows the growth and development of Amir from a selfish boy to a selfless man.
Flashbacks – Throughout the novel Amir refers back to his childhood, hence reminding the reader that those events have shaped his entire life. They are also used to fill in background information for the Western reader, who may struggle to understand the plot without this.
Foreshadowing – From the very first chapter, foreshadowing is used to prepare the reader for the events that follow. This technique is used frequently...