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The Kite Runner
Transcript of The Kite Runner
5 years ahead
The episode with the Russian soldier
Stay in basement with refugees
Introduction to Kamal and his father
Development of Characters
Progression of Theme
Literary Devices and Writing Styles
The Road to Pakistan
-comparing and contrasting
- this makes the reader subconsciously highlight the contrast between these events
- ex. Amir is describing the horrifying panic he feels in the basement (pg. 128) followed by a happy memory with Hassan (pg. 129)
Memory with Hassan
In describing the memory Amir has of flying kites with Hassan (pg.129), Hosseini uses two literary devices to make this event more clear in the reader's mind.
- purpose is to evoke the readers five senses
"Hassan's calloused hands"
"a breeze stirs the grass"
"we hear chatter and laughter and the chirping of a water fountain"
-boosts overall emotion and mood by giving inanimate objects human characteristics
"our twin shadows dance on the wall"
- helps communicate ideas more effectively than everyday language
"deafening roar of MiG"
"My nose caught fire with each breath"
- The trip from Kabul to Pakistan symbolizes Amir trying to distance himself from the past, and the horror that took place back in Kabul
- opposite of what is expected
- Kamal was raped, ironic because he helped rape Hassan
Father and Son Relationship
Baba and Amir:
- Baba's reaction to Amir's car sickness
- Amir telling Baba to stop arguing with the Russian soldier
Kamal and his father:
- Kamal's father 's concern about his son's rape
- Kamal's father's suicidal instinct
Man's Inhumanity to Man
- War: Soviet occupation forces the people of Afghanistan to find refuge elsewhere
- Indecency: Russian soldier tries to take advantage of a woman
"Tell him he's wrong. War doesn't negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace (Hosseini 122)."
"You couldn't trust anyone in Kabul any more-for a fee or under threat, people told on each other, neighbor on neighbor, child on parent, brother on brother, servant on master, friend on friend (Hosseini 118)."
: Theme of Loyalty/Disloyalty
"My mind flashed to that winter day six years ago. Me, peering around the corner in the alley. Kamal and Wali holding Hassan down. Assef's buttock muscles clenching and unclenching, his hips thrusting back and forth (Hosseini 122)."
: Theme of Persistence of the Past
: Theme of Resilience of the Human Spirit