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How does Hosseini create drama and tension in the rape scene?

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How does Hosseini create drama and tension in the rape scene? Hosseini uses a variety of techniques to foreshadow Hassan's rape. Pathetic fallacy, a literary device that uses the weather, is a powerful tool in reflecting the feelings and events happening to the main characters. Reference to the "beautiful day" with "fresh snow" and "blameless blue" skies lulls the reader into a sense of false security- the day seems to have no fault for Hassan and Amir. It contrasts sharply with the "overcast" skies that seem to settle in permanently, following Hassan's rape. This has dismal, depressing connotations, almost as if the weather is in mourning. ...read more.


It almost seems too good to be true that Amir could get through a day completely happy even though ironically, it would be the first time Baba showed true affection and pleasure for Amir. We are reminded that he is just a child, with a child's thoughts when Amir imagines a life "happily ever after." The mounting concern for Hassan is unmistakable; Amir wants to be able to present the kite to confirm his position as a champion. He knows Hassan has gone to look for the kite, and as Hassan never lies, his prolonged absence prompts Amir to look for him. "I need to find him, Agha", Amir tells an old man. ...read more.


The imagery is haunting; Hassans discarded "brown corduroy pants" the dark "alley" and the vivid "blue kite" all in one. Simultaneously, Amir experiences seeing his greatest victory and greatest regret in one which highlights the books major themes of unatoned sins, failures and successes. The climax of the scene is written in short, simple sentences, "Hassan didn't struggle/didn't whimper/looked resigned/ the look of a lamb" to create a sense of finality, the emotional shift from childhood and innocence to remorse and corruption. Earlier in the novel, Amir, in his first person narrative voice, tells the reader that he and Hassan have grown up experiencing everything together; and the irony in this is that they both experience their first real tragedy together too . His ...read more.

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