Time and Sequence in The Kite Runner

Use of Time and Sequence in 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini.

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  • Time and Sequence in the Kite Runner
    • Storytelling
      • The story  is a retrospective,so is set in a different time than it is told.
        • "December 2001"
        • "Winter of 1975"
        • "Looking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years."
        • "March 1981."
        • "Fremont, California, 1980s."
        • "One Tiuesday morning last September."
        • "Four days ago... In March 2002."
      • Because it is a retrospective,Amir's account may be biased/ clouded by emotions of the past.
        • "I because what I am today at the age of twelve."
        • "I stood there panting, sweating, wishing things had turned out some other way."
        • "I was that monster."
      • Amir's description of characters may be biased because of his guilt.
        • "[Hassan's] almost perfectly round face."
        • "I can never tell Baba from the bear."
    • Interrupted  narrative
      • When Amir cannot cope with what's happening, the story is interrupted with short anecdotes.
        • "A Memory: did you monks that you and Hassan's fed from the same breast?"
        • "A Dream: I am lost in a snowstorm"
        • "Tomorrow is the first day Dhul-Hijjah."
      • The narrative is interrupted when Amir damns himself and when he redeems himself.
        • "He has gel in his hair and a Clarke Gable moustache."
    • Tenses
      • The narrative switches from past to present tense at certain times to make it seems more immediate and tense.
        • "They wont't let me in."
        • "He is peering down at me."
    • Time setting
      • Amir's adult life is set during a difficult time in Afghanistan and America.
        • "In 1988... [the Taliban] massacred the Hazaras."
        • "Last September, the Twin Towers came crumbling down.
        • "Kabul is a dangerous place."
      • Amir's childhood is set during a period of upheaval in Afghanistan.
        • July 17th 1973... Daoud Khan ended the  King's forty year reign in a bloodless coup."
        • "For the next couple of years the words economic development... danced on a lot of people's lips in Kabul."
        • "Russian tanks would roll onto the very same streets where Hassan's and I played."
  • Time setting
    • Amir's adult life is set during a difficult time in Afghanistan and America.
      • "In 1988... [the Taliban] massacred the Hazaras."
      • "Last September, the Twin Towers came crumbling down.
      • "Kabul is a dangerous place."
    • Amir's childhood is set during a period of upheaval in Afghanistan.
      • July 17th 1973... Daoud Khan ended the  King's forty year reign in a bloodless coup."
      • "For the next couple of years the words economic development... danced on a lot of people's lips in Kabul."
      • "Russian tanks would roll onto the very same streets where Hassan's and I played."

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