Kite Runner Chapter 1 Narrative Methods

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Chapter 1 - The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini represents numerous fundemental idea in the very first chapter of the book such as: journeys; redemption and relationships. From these two pages, the reader learns vital information about the essence of Amir and how the obstacles and problems he experienced in his life has changed who he is today and how these memories and experiences will remain with him forever.

The entire book is began with the words 'I became what I am today at the age of twelve', when something obviously life-altering must have happened in the narrator's life. The sombre tone of the first few lines influences the reader to think that Amir is a burdened character. One that has become, to an extent, introvertive and introspective due to this event that happened at the 'age of twelve' and considering he is looking back on this event with such conviction and regret, the sense that this event is deeply etched in his memory and is almost definitely a tragic event.

The imagery created of this event is deeply ambiguous. He states that he has been 'peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years' symbolising his inability to let go of this event and this idea of an alley could represent a path that his life was meant to take which was, like life, cloudy and undefined but this 'alley' shows that his life path almost came to a complete halt at the time of this occurrence which foreshadows severe pain and relentless tragedy. The reader is immediately drawn to the book and will read the next few chapters with an overlying sense that something horrible will occur and change the course of Amir's life as he knows it.

The kites that are seen throughout the book symbolise connection and cohesiveness in Amir's life. The idea that there is always 'a pair of kits' represents the way that when kites are present, the reader should expect to see positive, albeit often ephemeral, changes in the dynamics between people. These 'twin kites' can...
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