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How does Khaled Hosseini tell the story in chapter 4 of The Kite Runner?

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How does Khaled Hosseini tell the story in chapter 4 of The Kite Runner? Khaled Hosseini in Chapter 4 of his allegorical novel The kite runner starts the chapter off using a telling method to inform the readers who Ali was using a first person narrative. In this chapter we see that Amir's father Baba does not want his son to do poetry, rather he wants him to manly things like Hassan who is Amir's dearest friend. The reader also sees how the young Amir continues to struggle with his inability to please Baba, making him jealous of anyone who recieves Baba's attention. Hooseini in this chapter shows the readers that the difference of characters two friends had, the use of contrast that Hosseni also used was of their etnicity and religious and how Amir always knew he was much superior to Hassan even at a very young age as Amir states "...and no history, ethnicity, society or religion was going to change that either". Amir begins the chapter describing the story of how with the order of his grandfather they took Ali in and made him their slave when his mother and father died as he says "told other servents to tutor him, but to be kind to him. That boy was Ali." ...read more.


could to please his father, he is also very materialistic as he says "the car that drew envious looks everywhere because it was the same car Steve McQueen had". After school Amir would read books to Hassan since Hassan couldn't afford to go to school, one summer Amir craved his and Hassan's name on one of the tree. This was one of the key locations in this novel as it is where their friendship began and ended. Hosseini also describes Amir as very competitive, as Amir did use to stop teaching Hassan things when he got better at them such as when he says "I saw he was far better at solving things then I was. So I read him unchallenging things." This shows that Amir did not want Hassan to have this quality too, he already is better at sports and manly thing such as sticking up for himself as well as Amir, this was one of the reasons Baba kind of favored Hassan more. Amir was also a character who liked to mock, he mocked Hassan because he was illiterate, it shows that he gained pleasure when Hassan didn't know some words while he read story to him as he says "felt the sting of my tease" show the readers he deliberately teased him because he himself wanted to show off his power of knowledge he had which Hassan didn't posses. ...read more.


this shows the readers that he father didn't want him to have interest in literature, because he thought that's what women do. Earlier on in the chapters we see that even Hassan's mother was into Literature, this shows the readers he took after his mum not his father whereas Hassan did as he was manly. The response that Baba gives to Amir is very unappreciating, he says that sometimes he wished he could "open his veins and drained his cursed blood from his body" showing the reader what Amir felt about his own father. However the person who always rescued Amir was Rahim khan, Hosseini presents him more as a father-figure to Amir then Baba in this novel. We also see that the same choice of language used by Hassan and Rahim Khan when Amir reads his own written story to them as they both say "Bravo" this could suggest to the readers that they both were kind-hearted and gentle to Amir. Hosseini also presents us with Amir's inner feelings as Hassan comments about his story, Amir tells himself not to listen to the illiterate Hazara who was only born to cook. This can suggest to the readers that Amir was a selfish man who only liked being listened to not the other way round, he was also the opposite of what Hassan was, sweet and kind-hearted. Hosseini using the technique of foreshadowing presented to the readers the main themes of betrayal, guilt, loyalty and redemption in this chapter. Amina Bibi ...read more.

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