I intend to make an essay about The Kite Runner, the topic is to Discuss how the author uses language techniques to develop a main character in the novel, and how this character helps you understand one or more themes/ideas.

Techniques could include figures of speech, syntax, word-choice (Islamic and Farsi words), style, symbolism, structure, foreshadowing, or narrative point-of-view.

In the novel ‘ The Kite Runner ‘ written by ‘ Khaled Hosseini I intend to write a literary essay about the main character, Amir. In this particular book Amir talks about his younger life and when he was growing up with his best friend Hassan in Kabul, Afghanistan. In this essay I will focus on foreshadowing, narrative point of view and symbolism of the kites. I will talk about how Amir sees two faces when he looks at Hassan during the kite competition. Also I will talk about how Amir narrates the story for the whole story and some of the techniques he uses. lastly I will talk about symbolism and how Amir ( the narrator ) uses the kites as symbols to represent memories.

During the text The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini we see that the author shows great foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is when the author gives the reader hints of the future in the text. In this particular text we notice that the author is giving us hints about the future to keep us engaged. We see this in one particular paragraph of the book when hassan and amir are chasing kites Amir notices something about hassan. ” I suddenly had the feeling I was looking at two faces, the one I knew and the other, the second face, This one just lurking beneath the surface”. I think the face that Amir is talking about has something to do with trust because as they were talking about the subject of trusting each other this face struck Amir. Also it says “… for a fraction of time, long enough to leave me with the unsettling feeling that maybe id seen it someplace else before”. This quote is in the text to keep it interesting, because later on in the text Amir sees this face again soon after the rape of Hassan.

In the kite runner we see that Amir is narrating the whole story except for a short portion of it later on in the book where Rahim Khan takes over. During the majority of the book where Amir is narrating we get to know his personality and we find out lots about him. It makes sense that Amir narrates this text because its his life and he’s the only one who can tell it. From the text we can see that Amir uses great techniques along the way to describe his journey through life. Some of the fantastic techniques used were description about a place/object. ” the old man sits against a mud wall. his sightless eyes are like a molten silver embedded in deep, twin craters…” This is a quote that Amir has wrote in his book describing a memory, right as Hassan was getting beaten up by some older kids who were wanting to steal a kite from Hassan, that was not giving the older kids his kite. This quote really describes the horrific moment very well and makes us get a better understanding of the particular part of the story. Description is a very important of writing because it keeps the audience engaged and paints a great picture in their heads of the particular moment.

Thirdly, in the novel, we see that the author has used the kites to represent something more than just kites. The author uses the kites to represent Amir’s happy days with Hassan chasing kites around the neighborhood, however also the kites are representing his betrayal of Hassan. In the text ‘ The Kite Runner ‘ written by ‘ Khaled Hosseini ‘ we see that whenever Amir thinks about the kites he remembers the happy days chasing kites with Hassan. ” You won, Amir Agha! you won. We won! we won!  Was all I could say.” This quote is from when Amir won the kite running competition. This was a very happy moment in Amir and Hassan’s life, and whenever the author talks about kites memories come back to Amir about his happy days chasing kites similar to this memory. symbolism is also a very important part of writing a text because it gets the reader to think and makes it more exciting.

The author ‘ Khaled Hosseini ‘ showed us great techniques in the text ‘ The kite runner ‘. One major technique included in the text was foreshadowing, this is because the author gave us little hints throughout the book to keep us engaged. Secondly the author demonstrated the idea of narrative point of view, this is because Amir ( the narrator ) uses very descriptive sentences and techniques to describe a place or an object. Lastly the author demonstrated the idea of symbolism in the kites. This is because Khaled used the kites to also represent not just kites but memories of Amir and hassan when they were younger having lots of fun. We can see from the text that the author and the narrator both used great techniques to keep the audience involved in the story. Lastly we now know how important techniques are in texts because they keep the reader engaged.


Mitchell Evans

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