Style and Structure of the novel The Kite Runner

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How Hosseini Built The Kite.

The style and structure of the work of the Khaled Hosseini is reflected widely in his novel, The Kite Runner, published in 2003. This novel is set in his natal Kabul, between the 1970s and 2002. We can see that many aspects of Hosseni’s own life are reflected into the story and its plot, as both him and the narrator of the story Amir, feel the invasion from the Russians and the Taliban, though they are not directly affected by it, since they do not live in Afghanistan.

One of the literary devices used by this author, and perhaps the one most used is the flashback. Most of the novel is an elaborate flashback that brings the reader from the narrator's childhood to his young adulthood to his manhood. It switches between the three of them, especially when, in the real time, Amir gets thoughtful or sad. We can see an example of this happening in page 160, “I remembered something Baba had said about Pashtuns once. We may be hardheaded and I know we’re far too proud, but, in the hour of need, believe me that there’s no one you’d rather have at your side than a Pashtun.” In this passage we can see how Amir, with the pass of the years has such an importance and trust on the words of his father, Baba, and how they are so meaningful to him, he remembers them perfectly.

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Another of the devices mostly used by Hosseini is that of foreshadowing. He creates imagery of clues or references to the reader to infer what will happen next. We can see that the author creates a whole game with time, as if one is standing on the narrator’s memory and could link every event and every feeling with another one in the past. We experience this device in the second chapter of the book, page 11, “And under that same roof, we spoke our first words. Mine was Baba. His was Amir. My name. Looking back on it now, I the ...

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