Kite Runner Essay

3503 Words Mar 20th, 2012 15 Pages
The Kite Runner: Reader’s Notes
Cindy Kang

Theme | Literary Device | Character Development | Chapter | Quote | Insight | | Imagery/flashback | | 1 | “I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years… One day last summer, my friend Rahim Khan called from Pakistan. He asked me to come see him. Standing in the kitchen with the
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| | Imagery/simile | | 2 | “I can still see Hassan up on that tree, sunlight flickering through the leaves on his almost perfectly round face, a face like a Chinese doll chiselled from hardwood: his flat, broad nose and slanting, narrow eyes like bamboo leaves, eyes that looked, depending on the light, gold, green, even sapphire. I can still see his tiny low-set ears and that pointed stub of a chin, a meaty appendage that looked like it was added as a mere afterthought. And the cleft lip, just left of midline, where the Chinese doll maker’s instrument may have slipped, or perhaps he had simply grown tired and careless.” (p. 3) | The narrator uses a great amount of clothing imagery to describe Hassan. The use of descriptiveness allows the reader to clearly visualize Hassan’s appearance. Due to the emphasis made on Hassan’s cleft lip, it leads the reader to infer that it may be an important symbol. | Social inequality | Foreshadowing | | 2 | “Hassan never wanted to, but if I asked, really asked, he wouldn’t deny me. Hassan never denied me of anything.” (p. 4) | This passage uses the literary device of foreshadowing. Amir’s superiority over Hassan may be a plot that will slowly develop throughout the story. As it introduces Amir’s superiority over Hassan, it also begins characterizing the characters. Hassan seems to be a follower, while Amir is the leader. Hassan is also portrayed as a push-over, easily delegated. The

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