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Write a critical appreciation of pages 214-16 of The Kite Runner; how far, and in what ways in your view, does this passage reflect methods and concerns of the novel as a whole?

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Write a critical appreciation of pages 214-16; how far, and in what ways in your view, does this passage reflect methods and concerns of the novel as a whole? In The Kite Runner, the author Khaled Hosseini tells a narrative spanning the lives of characters amid political upheavals and war. Therefore, the themes he presents to the reader are highly prevalent to their understanding of the war throughout the novel, and this scene reflects these themes well. The sheer destruction war causes is a rather established theme throughout the novel and is an important theme in the scene where the protagonist, Amir, returns to Kabul after living in America. It is between pages 214 to 217, that this scene presents how the brutality and violence of war has detrimentally affected both Afghan society and the physical surroundings itself and reinforces the themes presented throughout the novel. The social and historical context surrounding the novel is significantly important in considering the portrayal of Afghanistan, particularly Amir's return to Kabul. ...read more.


His use of diction, imagery and syntax creates a unique yet alluring style of writing which allows the reader to delve deeply into the atrocities of a war-torn Kabul. Significantly, the opening sentence of the final paragraph on page 214 sets the tone for the remainder of his description of the city. Hosseini deals with the harrowing social problems caused by fighting for he simply states: 'Rubble and Beggars'. This automatically sets the precedent one might expect for a city ravished by war. What is quite intriguing about this statement is its blunt approach to the issue. Rather than skirting around the subject, Hosseini instantly illustrates a city ravaged by fighting. He demonstrates the poor conditions Afghans are living in simply by stating: 'beggars' which suggests an enormity of poverty-stricken people living on the streets (of which have turned to 'rubble') and shortly after by saying: 'they squatted at every street corner'. This reinforces the idea that there were large amounts of people displaced by the war and the term 'squatted' suggests that these people are close to the earth and so seen as dirt by the Taliban. ...read more.


It is quite ironic that this person should be Amir, the one who witnessed yet did nothing to stop the rape of Sohrab's father by Assef, who has subsequently sexually abused Sohrab. This shows how the war has hampered Afghanistan's future, for the new generation must not only be burdened in the future with looking after the old, but will have had the burden of looking after them up until that point. It contributes to my understanding of the war; that the war has not only destroyed the current society of Afghanistan but its legacy will continue to destroy future generations as well. The war severely affected Afghanistan's culture, traditions and society through physically destroying many of the amenities and through impoverishing much of the population. Hosseini's powerful descriptions and literary techniques allow the reader clearly to empathise with both the characters but more importantly with the victims of war. He allows me to understand that the war was indiscriminate, many of the victims being children. This means that the war has severely hampered Afghanistan's survival in future years because of the enormous strife the younger generations have been through caused by the war. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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