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Personification In The Kite Runner

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The focus of this essay is to analyse and critically discuss chapter six of The Kite Runner novel. The examples will be provided as well as the effectiveness of each stylistic feature. The author of the Kite Runner novel is Khaled Hosseini. He was born in 1965 in Afghanistan and then moved to America in 1976. Whilst living in America, he published three bestselling novels, one of which is The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner novel depicts the Afghanistan condition from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime (Kurilah, 2009). It can thus be said that the author got the interest to write this piece of writing as a result…show more content…
The words ‘snow crunched under my black rubber boots’ (line 27) are a personification. This is because it is impossible for a snow to crunch, but human beings can. The snow therefore is attributed with the human behavior or action which is to crunch. The reason for this may be that the writer wanted to emphasise a point on the effect of snow covering and getting under his boots. The effectiveness of this is to indicate thickness and how the snow remained in the boots for some time. The writer continues even in line 37 using personification. He compared the kite fighting as like going to war. This means that the kite fighting is so intense in a manner that every kite runner must ensure that he defeats the enemy just like what the soldiers do in war. Every kite runner wants to win and thus had to work hard in order to defeat another kite runner in the tournament. There is also a personification in line 101-102 in that, ‘this (face) one lurking just beneath the surface’. The face is attributed to when a person hides from something or someone. The effect of using this device can be that, the writer wanted to illustrate to the readers how quickly Hassan’s face turned to the ground to avoid eye contact with Amir. Just like when a person hides to avoid being
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