How does Hosseini tell the story of "the kite runner" in chapter 1?

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How does Hosseini tell the story of the Kite Runner in chapter 1?
Khaled Hosseini uses a veritable smorgasbord of literary and narrative techniques to tell the story of ‘The Kite Runner’. From engaging in the use of foreshadowing and symbolism, to characterisation and the way he styles his prose. Below is an analysis of how he does so.
As mentioned, Hosseini’s use of foreshadowing almost encapsulates the chapter. Baba states that “God [should] help us all”, anticipating the Taliban's takeover of the country decades later. Hosseini’s use of foreshadowing connects him to the genre of magical realism. Even though there are no supernatural events in the novel, there is an underlying sense that every action has significance and must come
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Further along the chapter, the narrator informs us that he walked along Speckles Lake. The lake is famous for having very murky water, with an extremely high algal content. This stagnant aspect represents the way that the “unatoned sins” of his past have stagnated within his mind for 26 years. Moreover, the narrator tells the reader that he went for a walk in golden gate park. The symbol of the golden gates foreshadows his extremely religious nature, telling us that if he were to redeem himself from his “unatoned sins”, and “become good again”, he will be allowed entry through the golden gates of heaven.
The story is told further, by the characterisation presented to the reader by Hosseini. Even in the first chapter we, as the reader are introduced to many of the characters present in the story. We’re told of Rahim Khan, in a way that elevates him above the narrator. He tells him that “there is a way to become good again.” This implies an informative style of influence over Amir, as we perceive Rahim Khan to know more than Amir. We’re also introduced to Hassan. It is obvious that he will become, if he is not already a pivotal character in the novel, as he is described as “Hassan the hair lipped kite runner,” referencing the title of the novel. We are also told of two other characters: Baba and Ali. These are characters

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