The Kite Runner

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Choose a novel in which a character reaches a crisis point.
Explain briefly how this point is reached and go on to discuss how the characters response to the situation extends your understanding of him/her. The contemporary classic ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini is a coming of age novel which follows Amir, the protagonist as he reaches a crucial crisis point in his life. Amir has lived a guilt filled life for 26 years since he abandoned his best friend, Hassan, in an alleyway to be raped by an older bully during their childhood. Amir reaches the crisis point of his life later in the novel and the way in which he responds to the situation extends the readers understanding of Amir. Amir reaches a crisis point at the climax of the novel when he is finally given the opportunity to compensate for his former misdoing after leaving Hassan in the alleyway. Amir travels back to his hometown to save Sohrab, Hassan’s son, from the Taliban. Amir becomes aware that the Talib official confining and abusing Sohrab is Assef, the same man who raped Sohrab’s dad, Hassan. In trying to save Sohrab, Amir ends up in a fight with Sohrab and begins to take a beating. ‘What was funny was that the first time since 1975, I felt at peace. I laughed because in some hidden nook of my mind I was looking forward to this.’ Amirs objective was not to win the fight with Assef, but instead to save Hassan from Assef’s captivity and prevent him from receiving more gruelling sexual abuse. The reader becomes aware that in Amir doing so, Amir is symbolically interfering with Hassan’s rape, and is advancing in his journey to atone for his past. Hosseini introduces Amir in the opening chapter of the novel as an adult reflecting on a past event with great remorse. It is at this point when the reader is first given a sense of the situation that leads to the crisis point. ‘Looking back now; I realise I’ve been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years’ Foreshadowing is used as...
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