The Kite Runner - Narrative Techniques

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The Kite Runner ­ Narrative Techniques
Amir ­ A reliable Narrator?
Writing in adulthood about childhood ­ Admits "Memory was hazy" Pg 76
Only get Amir's viewpoint ­ No one else ­ apart from letters ­ We can escape this
Only a child ­ Immature ­ Doesn't understand events going on
Doesn't like himself ­ Emphasis on what he has done wrong ­ Wants people to dislike him ­ Picks
out examples of the bad things he has done ­ Doesn't look at the good things ­ Describes himself as
a monster
Amir had a `sheltered childhood'
Such a deep event = Deep understanding?
Amir can only see it from his `inside' perspective ­ Cant see what others see
Creates suspense ­ `Hook' to keep reader going
Used lots up until the rape ­ Not used much after rape
Book is structured ­ chapters before rape look forward to the rape (build tension) ­ Chapters after
the rape look back on it (Emphasis on how Amir's life has now change before of it ­ very important
and dramatic event ­ Hosseini wants us to understand this is why Amir is what he is now ­ Key
turning point in his life)
Foreshadow Look Back
Before Rape After Rape
The Rape ­ Epicentre of Book:
Narrative breaks up just before rape and during ­ "a memory" "a memory" "a dream" ­ breaking
down of Amir's consciousness and understanding
Book is not longer chronological after rape ­ Narrator jumps around from place to place and time
to time (FIND EXAMPLE) ­ Breaking down of Amir's consciousness and understanding
Winter normally fun (kids off school in Afghanistan) ­ After rape ­ Winter is when bad things

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Indirect reference right at start of book ­ "I became what I am today at the age of twelve on a frigid
overcast day in the winter of 1975" ­ Shapes the whole book
"Frigid overcast day" = Pathetic Fallacy ­ Used throughout book
Afghanistan is `metaphorically' raped by the Taliban
Ending ­ "I ran" ­ he has been running away from the past for the whole novel
He is running after a kite, He has a cleft lip ­ Turning into Hassan ­…read more

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The Pomegranate Tree (Page 24):
Recurring images of "red" blood ­ near white walls ­ Powerful contrast
Tree = symbolise their companionship ­ carve names into it
Amir wants control over Hassan
Winter in Kabul (Page 42):
"Winter" ­ Minor sentence ­ cold, stillness
Snow represents purity ­ the blood stains this purity (Hassan was pure) ­ Hassan has been stained
by his experience and Amir has been stained as well
Pathetic Fallacy ­ Winter
The Opening (Page 1):
Pathetic Fallacy ­ Clouds of guilt…read more

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Symbolic ­ Hassan is a sheep ­ Amir is forcing himself to watch
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Symbolism ­ Amir has changed ­ defeated the bear now ­ wrestling with his conscience and guilt?
Soraya ­ Impact on Amir's change of language
Language changes to Poetic, Feminine and Romantic
"Birthmark" "Gently hooked nose" ­ Describes her defects positively
Get impression that he genuinely loves her
Amir and Soraya can't have children ­ Hosseini showing us Amir hasn't grown up yet ­ When he
does…read more

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Character Analysis:
Rahim Khan:
Begins redemption for Amir ­ tells him about Sohrab
Only other character to narrate
Catalyst for truth
Believes and loves Amir ­ Supports his writing
Catalyst for Amir's redemption
Demonstrates Amir's change of perception ­ called him a Hazara at first ­ at the end had a go at
General T for calling him that
Reflection on childhood catalyst ­ Face up to facts
First time that Amir didn't run
Deeply affected by what has happened to him ­ Represents…read more

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Corrupt ­ Doesn't follow Taliban rules ­ Gets Sohrab to dance to music, wears John Lennon
(western) glasses, rapes children ­ The Taliban didn't allow any of this
Key Terms:
Nostalgia ­ Amir wants to change the fact that he didn't do anything
Empathy ­ We all experience change etc.…read more


Amal S

This was really helpful, thank you :)

Daisy Preston

This is such a helpful resource :)


Wow this is just absolutely brilliant. Well done for making such an outstanding revision resource. I am in astonishment :D


The exam is one based on narrative as is this resource so it will be useful during revision. It is also very helpful when considering the structure of the novel and the relevance of the sequence of events and how this enhances the impact of the narrative.

shirley wentworth

A first-class resource. Thank you so much for sharing

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