Literary Devices In The Kite Runner

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“Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another” (Jane Austen, Emma). The Kite Runner is a novel written by Khaled Hosseini that was published in 2003. The story is set in Kabul, Afghanistan during the fall of the Afghan monarchy and the story continues through the Soviet military and the rise of the Taliban. The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir and his childhood living in Afghanistan with his friend Hassan. Readers are often drawn to characters because they are flawed. It is also an important aspect in a book and its job is to interest readers, construct the story and allow readers to learn from the flawed characters of the story. In The Kite Runner, a literary device that is heavily used to influence the story…show more content…
In the beginning of the novel, Baba was seen as a hero and a courageous person because he was always helping others and lived by his own moral code, but once his secret was out and Amir realizes that Baba was filled with remorse, Amir saw him differently. To Amir, his childhood seemed like a lie but at the same time, made more sense. An example from the novel is in chapter 18, when Amir says; “How could I have been so blind? The signs had been there for me to see all along [...] I remembered the day we were planting tulips, when I had asked Baba if he’d ever consider getting new servants. Hassan’s not going anywhere, he’d barked. He’s staying right here with us, where he belongs. This is his home and we’re his family” (Hosseini 225). Foreshadowing is used to give an effect of what's flowing back into Amir’s mind after he found out Baba’s secret. Amir also realizes why Baba had helped all those people and why Baba tried to treat both him and Hassan as equally as possible. This attracts the reader's attention because now we know that Baba was never perfect but tried his hardest to redeem himself. In chapter 3, Baba tells Amir ‘“There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life [...] you steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness [...] there is no act more wretched than stealing’” (Hosseini .15), this example shows that Baba did just this, he stole Hassan’s right to the truth, his right to know about his real father and Amir’s right to know that Hassan was his brother. When readers realize this, many will look down upon Baba, but Baba always taught Amir that theft was the worst sin so that Amir wouldn't make the same mistakes. We also learn that he tried his best to redeem
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