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The Kite Runner: Chapter 21

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Feyisayo Afolabi

on 18 January 2016

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The Kite Runner: Chapter 21
"I saw a dead body near the restaurant....hardly anyone seemed to notice him. " (222)

The image of the body of the young man that was publicly executed captures the tragedy of daily life in the Taliban’s Afghanistan.

"As halftime proceeds, two red pickup trucks full of Talibans drive into the centre of the stadium, and they unload a blindfolded man and woman, one from each truck. They bury them both up to their chest, the woman screaming wildly. Amir wants to leave, but he feels he must watch. An old cleric recites a prayer, and Amir suddenly remembers Baba mocking his old religious teacher, and saying “God help us all if Afghanistan ever falls into their hands.” (176)

This excerpt is to portray the violence the Taliban follow through with and deem fit to be show live at a communal gathering.

Memory and the Past:
"How much more do you want to see? Let me save you the trouble; nothing that you remember has survived. Best to forget" (225)

Farad is trying to shake Amir back to reality, he can see that Amir has his hopes up and Farid is trying to get him prepared for the disappointment that he believes will follow

Strength and Growth- "I dont want to forget anymore," (225)

After Farid tries to convince Amir to give up hope and forget his past, Amir comes to the realization that trying to forget has been his problem all along.

"Do you wan to stay?" Farid said gravely. "No...But we have to stay,"

Although Amir was somewhat aware of what was about to take place, he refused to leave the stadium because he knew that, that was his only means of getting to Hassan's son.

Literary Device
As Amir and Farid travel to Baba's house, they see a dead body and a man selling his artificial leg. Upon arrival, Amir remembers playing with Hassan in the yard. The house is not as large and magnificent as Amir remembers, and in a horrible state. Amir climbs the hill and finds the old pomegranate tree and the inscription carved into the trunk: "Amir and Hassan. The Sultans of Kabul." Amir sits and looks at the war-torn remains of the city of his youth.

After visiting his father's house, Amir and Farid head toward Pashtunistan Square. He rents a room at a small, rundown hotel. That night, Farid and Amir share stories of their lives and exchange Mullah Nasruddin jokes.

The next day, Amir and Farid go to Ghazi Stadium to find the man with the black sunglasses. Despite the heat, the players are wearing long pants. At halftime of the soccer game, the sign of the Taliban (the red trucks) enter the field. The entertainment is the public stoning of two people accused of adultery. Using the word of God as their excuse, the Talibs murder both the man and the woman. Although Amir is unable to watch the stoning, the noise of the crowd lets him know what is going on. Shortly after the public stoning Farid confirms that he was able to successfully arrange a meeting that afternoon with the Talib who wears the black sunglasses.
"The Mustang's eight cylinders roared to life every morning, rousing me from sleep.." (224)

In this allusion, the word roared was used to describe the sound that Baba's mustang created when turned on. Roar, a word originally
used to explain the sound of a strong animal is used to explicitly describe the sound of the car instead.

"The paint, once sparkling white, had faded to ghostly gray and eroded in parts.." (224)

The word ghostly was used to describe the new attitude that the house had taken on. Ghostly, which is related to "Haunted" can give
a better idea of how Amir must feel. The walls of his Childhood home, is not only haunted by the "good-old days" but also what the tragedies that tool place before and after he left Afghanistan.

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