Literary Devices in the Kite Runner

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Literary Devices Chapters 17-22

Symbolism: “I dream that lawla flowers will bloom in the streets of Kabul again and rubab music will play in the samovar houses and kites will fly in the skies.” Page 218 In his letter to Amir, Hasaan talks about the lawla flowers and music to represent the happiness of Kabul, and the kites now remind him of happiness instead of the bad memories of the past.

Simile: “Like wolves looking at a flock of sheep” Page 219 This is comparing the Talibs to wolves, because they were so mean looking. The greed was in their eyes, and you could see how much it had consumed their thoughts. They were about to attack the house like wolves attacking sheep.

Flashback: “I remember one day we were planting tulips, when I asked Baba if he’d ever consider getting new servants. “Hassan’s not going anywhere,” he’d barked. He’s staying right here with us where he belongs, this is his home, and we are his family” Page 225 Amir is finally realizing all of the foreshadowing that Hasaan was his brother. He now knows why Baba got mad when he asked about getting new servants, and why he cried when they left.

Comparison: “I feel like a tourist in my own country.” Page 231 Amir compares himself to a tourist, because he is so used to America, and Kabul has changed so much. He doesn’t realize how bad it has truly gotten until he is driving through the middle of Kabul with Farid.
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