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The Kite Runner. How does Khalid Hosseini represent the two encounters with Assef through the eyes of a child and an adult

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How does Khalid Hosseini represent the two encounters with Assef through the eyes of a child and an adult? Khaled Hosseini very clearly shows us the two encounters with Assef and their significance in the novel; in particular Hosseini uses powerful language, shocking language, symbolism (e.g. brass knuckles and slingshot) and various themes to show us readers the importance of these two scenes. Also considering the characterizations which demonstrates us and improves our understanding of characters in "The Kite Runner", writer effectively shows the readers the encounters through eyes of a child and an adult, with use of narrative techniques. In comparison the first encounter with Assef ends up being not physical, it is clearly identified that Amir and Hassan would probably end up being beaten by Assef and his friends if Hassan did not step forward and point his slingshot at Assef, thus in the first encounter with Assef it is not as detailed compared to the second encounter, since in the second encounter Amir is more mature and descriptive language is used which makes the scene more ironic. The shocking incidence and language used makes us readers to identify the characters way of thinking especially when we identify that Amir is grown up and does not back off and risks his life to save Sohrab. ...read more.


"My memory of the fight with Assef is amazingly vivid in stretches: I remember Assef turning on the music before slipping on his brass knuckles." - Hosseini shows us Amir's past as if Amir is remembering everything happened while the encounter and use of this range of vocabulary Hosseini indicates the growth in Amir, growth in his thinking and understanding his surroundings. As shown is first encounter Hosseini uses symbolism to show the link between two encounters in this case the brass knuckles which are described by Amir after the fight, "Mostly, I remember this: His brass knuckles flashing in the afternoon light; how cold they felt with the first few blows and how quickly they warmed with my blood." - this highly descriptive language and level of fight emphasizes the adult's point of view and realization, readers can easily identify Amir as an adult as in first encounter brass knuckles are described in very obvious way, but in the second encounter Hosseini's shocking language helps us to understand the dangers and risks. Another very good example is when Amir and Hassan meet Assef and his friends, "He gave me an icy look" in this scene it is seen that Amir is afraid of Assef as he is more powerful. Second encounter contrasts the first encounter. Second encounter is more destructive, in the first encounter the main subject is the reputation of Assef as he was younger and had undeveloped brain he was a fraud of reputation. ...read more.


Assef thinks that cultures should not be together, cultures of Hazzaras and Pushtans - "How can you let him touch you?" Assef tells that in disgrace showing the readers that it is disgusting to touch them as he avoids Hazzaras and bullies them a lot. It is ironic as Assef talks about pour Afghan race, even though he is half German. He claims that, "Afghanistan is land of Pushtans, we are the true Afghans". Starting from childhood, Assef agrees with Hitler, as he find him a good powerful leader - "It's late for Hitler but not for us" - indicates he likes to evil and violence starting from childhood. This all gives a good evidence of Assef's love to violence and discrimination. Finally with use of themes, language schemes and narrative techniques the writer successfully represents us two encounters with Assef and their importance in the novel. Hosseini with good use of language and also with prior information introduces us new Assef in the second encounter. Hosseini's technique for character introduction supports Assef's appearing in the second encounter and it becomes less surprising as readers really think that Assef would become more evil and violent based on events that took place while his childhood. Hosseni is successfully able to convey and deliver the tone of two distinct description of the encounter with Assef by the younger Amir and the more mature and brave adult Amir. ?? ?? ?? ?? English SL November 30, 2010 1 ...read more.

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