How Does Hosseini Tell the Story in Chapter 16?

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In Chapter 16, Hosseini uses voice narrative to tell the story of Rahim Khan and Hassan in order to fill in the missing puzzle pieces. The chapter sees Rahim Khan take over Amir’s narrative and tell the story by referring to his first hand account of events. Hosseini does this in order to show an alternate point of view, though the account is still largely bias, it offers new perspective for the reader and adds to the exciting intensity of the chapter. Hosseini portrays Rahim Khan’s voice narrative as seemingly more wise due to the religious connotations and old fashioned manner, which contrasts greatly of that of Amir’s in previous chapters. Although, both Amir and Rahim Khan tell their stories in a formal manner. Hosseini does this to add ferocity to the story, whilst the change of manner of voice suggests a significant change to the reader. Hosseini uses the change of voice to show a turning point within the story as Hassan is brought back to Amir’s memory. The whole chapter is spoken in Rahim Khan’s narrative and is mostly his dialogue in monologue, though readers understand that Amir is listening as he references his presence, ‘‘You’d recognise him.’’ The style of monologue helps tell the story personally so that the readers become involved and indulge in every detail. It also allows sole focus on the story Rahim Khan is telling, once again pointing to extreme significance and importance within the story. However, alternate voices are also used by Hosseini, such as Hassan’s as Amir recalls his voice promising: ‘’For you, a thousand times over.’’ Hosseini does this to sharpen the story and remind the readers of Hassan and recall past events which eventually add up and fit the puzzle. In addition, Hosseini uses time in order to tell the story of Rahim Khan and Hassan. The events Rahim Khan recalls are fairly chronological and linear, apart from the occasional
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