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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…

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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…

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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…

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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
"Princess"…

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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

Sohrab:

Catalyst for Amir's redemption
Demonstrates Amir's change of perception ­ called him a Hazara at first ­ at the end…

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Assef:

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…

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Amal S

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This was really helpful, thank you :)

Daisy Preston

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This is such a helpful resource :)

Robyn

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

Dla2lag

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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

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

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