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How does Hosseini tell the story in Chapter 7 of The Kite Runner?

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Introduction

Chapter 7 is a pivotal chapter in "The Kite Runner" as the harrowing rape incident shapes the rest of the novel and it is this chapter where Amir's journey to redemption begins. Hosseini tells the story in chapter 7 by developing major themes that are evident throughout the novel. The symbolism of the kites, the state of Afghanistan, friendship, sin, dreams, violence and betrayal are all interwoven by Hosseini in this chapter in order to portray the incident in the most emotionally effective way possible. As indicated by the title, Kites play a very symbolic role in the novel and are used by Hosseini as a tool to explore a variety of issues. The kite itself is used by the writer in chapter 7 as a visual depiction of the spiritual journey that Amir is going to take in order to find redemption within himself. Also, the kite competition reinforces an issue that is prevalent throughout the novel- which is the treatment of Hazaras in Afghanistan during the time the novel is set and also the suggestion that Amir and Hassan can never be true friends because of their differing positions is society. ...read more.

Middle

'Hassan always understood about me' portrays their relationship as almost brother-like and this is used to effect by Hosseini as readers are left feeling numb when Amir chooses not to try and prevent Hassan from being raped. Hassan's sacrifice in order to win Amir's kite for him is saddening because his loyalty only reinforces the fact that Assef is right, Amir would not do the same for Hassan. This conviction is made apparent to readers when Amir attempts to justify his actions, "He was just a Hazara wasn't he?" extends the sense of betrayal to new heights as readers understand the implications of Amir's actions. Although this line vilifies Amir, it is clear he does not believe his words and his actions were out of pure cowardice. This allows Hosseini to pave the way for Amir's journey of redemption as there is still a shred of sympathy left in readers for Amir as they can relate to the fact he was young and frightened. Another way that Hosseini tells the story in chapter 7 is through the use of foreshadowing in the build-up to the rape scene. ...read more.

Conclusion

The recollection of the lamb being sacrificed and the comparison of it to Hassan's acceptance of his situation stuns readers as they come to terms with Amir's betrayal. "I caught a glimpse of his face. It was the look of the lamb" is followed up by a memory of a lamb being slaughtered and this is used by Hosseini to show how this incident will forever trouble Amir as well as Hassan. In conclusion, Hosseini tells the story in chapter 7 by exploring a variety of issues and developing existing themes in the novel in order to build up to the climatic point of the novel. The writer uses structural and language techniques in the chapter to create a tone and atmosphere that reflects the feelings of the characters and also to foreshadow events that are going to occur. By using these techniques to alter reader's moods, Hosseini is intricately setting them up for the rest of the novel as this chapter is pivotal for the rest of the story. ?? ?? ?? ?? How does Hosseini tell the story in Chapter 7 of "The Kite Runner"? Shahan Lake Page 1 ...read more.

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