Figurative Language In The Kite Runner

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The author Khaled Hosseini used figurative language in many ways throughout the novel. The first example would be personification. Personification was used when the author said “Then I glanced up and saw a pair of kites, red with long blue tails, soaring the sky. They danced above the trees on the west end of the park” (Hosseini, 1). Similes and metaphors are used for comparison, for instance the novel stated “Baba was like the widower who re-marries but can’t let go of his dead wife” (Hosseini, 129). “Attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun” (Hosseini, 13). “The blast echoes through the street of my father’s house. Hassan slumps to the asphalt, his life of unrequited loyalty drifting from him like the windblown kites he would chase” (Hosseini, 219). All of these are examples of similes. Metaphors is used to compare without using like or as. “I only knew the memory lived in me, a perfectly encapsulated morsel of a good past, a brushstroke of color on the gray, barren canvas that our lives become” (Hosseini, 123). Khaled Hosseini uses many examples of imagery …show more content…

You could say that the mood starts out pretty innocent and optimistic. It mainly introduces most of the characters (Amir, Hassan, Assef, Baba, and Rahim Khan) and how much more peaceful Afghanistan was. It then begins describing the childhood Amir has with Hassan. As the story goes on, it shifts to being dark and more intense. It follows with discussing the soviet invasion of Afghanistan. When Hassan was raped by Assef, Amir’s rising sense of guilt. There is still a frequent mood of darkness due to several deaths in the story for example Hassan, his mother and Amir’s mother. As the book goes back to the year of 2001, the mood shifts to being both gloomy and exciting as Amir goes back to Afghanistan to face the obstacles of his past and save Hassan's son

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