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The Kite Runner

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Jessica Piedrahita

on 29 September 2015

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Transcript of The Kite Runner

Advancement of the Plot
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
Significant Quotations
GOAL!
Chapter Ten
The Road to Pakistan
March 1981
Juxtaposition
-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.
Imagery
- purpose is to evoke the readers five senses
Ex.
"Hassan's calloused hands"
"a breeze stirs the grass"
"we hear chatter and laughter and the chirping of a water fountain"

Personification
-boosts overall emotion and mood by giving inanimate objects human characteristics

Ex.
"our twin shadows dance on the wall"
Hyperbole
- helps communicate ideas more effectively than everyday language

Ex.
"deafening roar of MiG"
"My nose caught fire with each breath"
Symbolism
- The trip from Kabul to Pakistan symbolizes Amir trying to distance himself from the past, and the horror that took place back in Kabul
Irony
- 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)."
Quotation #1:
Quotation #2:
"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)."
Relates to
: Theme of Loyalty/Disloyalty
Quotation #3:
"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)."
Relates to
: Theme of Persistence of the Past
Relates to
: Theme of Resilience of the Human Spirit
Amir
Jealous
Judgmental
Selfish
Disappointed
Guilty
Before:
After:
Baba
Strict
Uncaring
Hero
Before:
After:
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