The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

1365 WordsFeb 4, 20185 Pages
The imagery, styles and the concerns used in the novel foreshadows the rape scene that happened in the grand kite tournament of 1975 which sets a cycle of betrayal and redemption into motion, around which the story revolves. The rape scene represents the entire novel; it’s related to Amir’s life as he spends the whole novel dealing with the incident, which affects his entire life. It also symbolises the racism in Afghanistan, and how the country is dealing with such an issue, beauty of the Afghanistan is fading just like Hassan and Amir’s friendship. In the opening chapter, Hosseini hints at the upcoming rape scene, “Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years,”1 to generate the reader’s interest without being explicit, and from the time period he mentioned, “twenty six years,” we get the idea of what affect this incident had on Amir because it has been quite a long time but Amir was unable to forget the incident, as his past kept hunting him and his feeling of guilt kept rising with time. Hosseini uses irony to foreshadow Amir’s disloyalty towards Hassan, when Baba complains to Rahim Khan about Amir, saying, “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything,”2 here Baba points out one of the Amir’s major character flaws i.e. his cowardice- which never let him stood up for himself; he always relies on Hassan to defend him. Amir always wanted to be the best at everything, to gain

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