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Re-creative writing with commentary Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner

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Re-creative writing with commentary - Khaled Hosseini 'The Kite Runner' Re-creative writing - Hassan's thoughts after he is raped in Chapter 7 Winter 1975 I opened my eyes. They were gone- Wali, Kamal and the monster with the shiny brass knuckles. The pain from the lower half of my body ran through me like an electric pulse. It was more painful than anything I had ever felt before, the physical agony was bad but the mental torment was unbearable. I felt violated, dirty and never had I felt more alone. As a Hazara I was constantly treated as nothing but filth- 'slant-eyed donkey' they called me. The monster called me. Its brutal words clawed their way into my mind, 'rid Afghanistan of all the dirty, kasseef Hazaras'. The talons of the past were tearing their way into my head but I managed to fight them off, just for an instant, by turning my thoughts to Amir. My friend Amir and his bright blue kite, for which I had made my sacrifice. The kite! Had the monster taken it? I used my cold, bleeding hands to lift myself from the rubble, a sharp piece of rock slicing me as I did so- the very foundations of Kabul punishing me for my ethnicity. ...read more.


I felt it would be interesting to imagine the perspective of Hassan after this massively traumatic experience as it is an event which truly tests his dedication to his friendship with Amir. I decided to open with a date as it is a technique employed by Khaled Hosseini to emphasise the importance of the past on our present and future experiences. It also enables the author to change time frame and make cataphoric reference to events later in the novel. It is significant that the events of my insert take place in "winter 1975" as winter is generally associated with death and suffering and Hassan's rape is very harrowing. Throughout the insert I deliberately wrote in mostly short sentences to convey the frenzied state of Hassan's mind, I attempted to communicate a sense of a 'stream of consciousness'- a technique frequently utilised by Hosseini during the text to include the reader in the character's thought processes and deepen their understanding of their emotions. The main emotions I was striving to develop in the insert was Hassan's anguish at the terrible situation he had been put through, "I felt violated, dirty and never had I felt more alone" juxtaposed against his relief at finding the kite which he had promised Amir, "for a fleeting moment I forgot my torment as I saw the blue kite". ...read more.


Furthermore, I make a cataphoric reference by having him say they were "close enough to be brothers" as it is revealed that they are half-brothers. I also reference Hassan's dream throughout the insert by referring to Assef as 'the monster' as Hassan tells Amir he will defeat his monster- winning the kite running competition; I have twisted this dream to mean that Hassan's dream inadvertently prefigures his rape, and Amir's opportunity to 'defeat' the monster who abuses him. I also use the lake metaphor to make a statement about Hassan's trust in Amir by having him say that "if he had found me he would have vanquished my monster and saved me from drowning", I have here used drowning as a euphemism for his rape, a technique frequently employed by Hosseini. Overall, I feel my insert adds another dimension to the novel as it encourages the reader to imagine the thoughts and feelings of Hassan and give them another insight into the key themes of the text. I also believe I have been successful in recreating the style of Hosseini as I used many of his writing techniques and feel the passage shares the same tone and pace of the novel. ...read more.

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