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The Kite Runner Figurative Language
Transcript of The Kite Runner Figurative Language
“ But he’s always buried in those books.” page 21. He is not literally buried in a pile of books, in reality he is immersed in reading books. Amir has a great love for books and writing. He and his mom both share that love. Baba is disappointed because he and Amir have nothing in common. He would like Amir to be more manly and strong willed.
“There is a way to be good again.” page 2 and 192. The phrase is repeated several times throughout the novel because it sets the tone of redemption for Amir. In the past when Assef raped Hassan, Amir did not stand up for him and has felt guilty ever since. Now “there is a way to be good again.”
“Narrow eyes like bamboo leaves.” Page 3. It is describing Hassan, and the way people view him. Hassan looks different than the other people that live in their neighborhood.
“Baba’s snoring--so much like a growling truck engine.” page 13. It is using a simile to compare Baba’s snoring to a truck engine to show how masculine he is. Baba is a strong and respected man. The fact that he snores like a truck engine represents his strength and power. This shows he is strong all the time, even when he sleeps. This gives the readers insight to why Amir is so frightened by his father.
“The earth shook a little and we heard the rat-a-tat-tat of gunfire.” page 35. This signifies the Russians coming into Afghanistan and overthrowing the government. This is the beginning of the end for Baba and Amir to stay in Kabul and continue with their wealthy lifestyle.
“The gun roared.” page 116. A gun cannot roar because it is not a living thing. This represents the hostility of the Russian soldier. He was threatening to shoot Baba for standing up to him to prevent a woman from getting raped.
“I felt as if I were sitting on a pair of tree trunks.” page 16. This represents Baba’s masculinity by comparing his legs to the size of tree trunks. If this was not stated the readers might view Baba as a lanky man that cannot stand up for himself and not someone that is viewed as a threat to others.
“I won’t bruise his precious ego.” page 182. This is showing how Soraya feels towards her father. He wants her to be a doctor or a lawyer, but she would rather become a teacher. Her father really does not approve of her being a teacher because he says “anyone can teach.”
“The sound of my ribs snapping like the tree branches Hassan and I used to break to sword fight like Sinbad in those old movies.” page 288. This is when Assef, who is now a Taliban leader, beats up on Amir because it is the only way he can get Sohrab back. Although Amir is getting beat up and should feel terrible, he feels better. Amir feels like he is finally getting what he deserves for not helping Hassan that day in the alley. He is trying “to be good again.”
“From above, Assef’s screams went on and on,the cries of a wounded animal.” Page 291. Sohrab shot Assef in the eye with his slingshot to protect Amir. As a child Amir had been protected by Hassan with his slingshot, now it was Sohrab, Hassan’s son. By Sohrab doing this, he stopped Assef from beating the life out of Amir.