How Does Hosseini Tell the Story in Chapter 7

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How does Hosseini tell the story in chapter 7? Chapter seven of the kite runner serves as the turning point as the horrific rape of Hassan shapes the rest of the novel and it is the chapter that Amir begins his journey for redemption. Hosseini uses a number of narrative techniques to help develop major themes that recur throughout the novel. The symbolism of the kites, the state of Afghanistan, friendship, sin, dreams, violence and betrayal are all interwoven by Hosseini in this chapter in order to portray the incident in the most emotionally effective way possible. From the title of the novel we can tell that the kite plays a very important role in the novel. In chapter seven in particular the kite is used as a visual representation to show the journey that Amir is going to have to undertake after the decisions he makes regarding Hassan’s rape. The kite also reinforces another issue that is evident throughout the novel; the treatment of Hazaras during the time the novel is set and suggests that Amir and Hassan can never truly be friends due to their different social hierarchy. This is enforced by the idea of kite running. During the competition Amir Fly’s the kite whilst Hassan runs for it acting as his assistant. When they win Hassan celebrates by saying ‘You won Amir Agha!’ Amir tries to hide the obvious ‘master’ and ‘servant’ relationship by yelling ‘We won, we won.’ In doing this Hosseini attempts to create a mixture of emotion within the reader as they try to contemplate the reasons for Amir’s decisions during Hassan’s rape. Amir’s and Hassan’s friendship is a key issue in the kite runner and Hosseini uses it in chapter seven to illustrate to the reader that the decisions we make can drastically influence the people around us and the rest of our lives. Hosseini really focuses on how close the two boys are in order to strengthen the readers understanding
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