Write About the Ways That Hosseini Tells the Story in Chapter 16

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Chapter 16 of Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” details Rahim Khan’s view point. Hosseini mainly focuses on Amir and Hassan, in this part of the novel. This essay will look at the ways that Hosseini tells the story in chapter 16, and techniques he uses specifically to explain the story. In chapter 16 there are many descriptive features that help the reader feel Rahim’s emotions, subtly. To begin with; this chapter is a complete contrast compared to all of the other chapters, simply because the narrator who is telling the story has completely changed, without notice but you can almost definitely see the change. Hosseini tells the story in such a way is that we see the past in his speech. We can see first-hand how Rahim Khan found the events but also we learn more about Hassan and his family. Hosseini writes like this because he gives another narrative point of view for the reader to hear from. In this chapter we can gather that Rahim is a wise, old fashioned man; which greatly contrasts almost all of Amir’s previous chapters. By doing this, Hosseini adds a change in scenery not only for the reader but for the characters too, we see a completely different side to Amir and Hassan. As it is told in the past and also referring to the past; we see constant references to Amir’s and Hassan’s previous relationships. For example when Hassan is asking Rahim about Amir and he asks numerous questions; but one in particular was “were you happy?” we can relate this completely back to when they were children because that was Hassan’s motif; to keep Amir happy. When they were younger Hassan always used to say “for you a thousand times over” to show his loyalty and faithfulness to Amir. I believe that Hosseini has done this on purpose to relate happiness back to their past; simply so that you can see how young and purposeful they were. Then later on even Amir Quotes to remember him

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