How does Hosseini tell the story of kite runner in chapter 7?
The entire first 6 chapters of the novel direct us towards the moment the narrator Amir has been foreshadowing to; the instant that of the first climatic peak that sets of a chain of events, mainly as a result of Amir’s change of state of mind. However, what arguably makes this chapter so intriguing is not the story but rather the irony between the opening of the chapter – both airy and euphoric, and the contrasting ending of it –
We are introduced at the beginning of chapter 7 with a recollection of Hassan’s dream, most likely acting as a symbol representing what their friendship means to him, a place with mutual bonding of trust – such demonstrated in the repetition of ‘’Amir and Hassan, sultans of Kabul’’. In this sense, we could interpret the description of his dream as means of setting an atmosphere of clear uneasiness, foreshadowing what is to come next (the rape scene). Perhaps not obvious, but the fact that the reader is fully aware of how Hassan’s pureness will be the quality that will most likely bring him to his awaited destiny, as Assef so eloquently quotes ‘’your Hazara made a mistake today’’. Alternatively, it can be said that that section of the beginning isn’t as important as the description of Kabul during the kite running competition in terms of structure. In reference to this, Hosseini makes good use of long sentence structures at the start of the chapter, in areas such as ‘’the snow glistened with fresh snow and the sky was a blameless blue’’. As this example demonstrates, the author clearly makes prominent use of adjectives to describe the atmosphere with intensity, immediately setting the scene of tranquility and beauty; Kabul in its best moment of the year.
Consequently, this opposes with the sentence structure towards the end of the chapter, which emulate a rather distant and cold voice. In sentences such as ‘’ in the end, I ran; I ran because I was a coward’’ the...
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