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Study Guide for The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Book Summary

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OTHER ELEMENTS

There are several other literary devices that pop up at various times in the story. One of the most prevalent ones is foreshadowing which frequently presents clues of something that will happen later in the novel.


FORSHADOWING

Some examples of foreshadowing include:

1.) The entire first chapter prepares us for Amirís return to Afghanistan to save Sohrab and atone for his sins against Hassan.

2.) His father presents Amir with wisdom that is also foreshadowing: he tells Amir that the mullahs would ruin Afghanistan and that the only sin is theft of any kind. When the Taliban take over Afghanistan, this foreshadowing is fulfilled: they steal the very soul from the people and their country.

3.) The ending of the third chapter is an ominous one in that the life Amir, Hassan, and their families have always known is about to come to an end.

4.) Hassan warns Assef that he will take out his eye if he doesnít leave them alone. This foreshadows what his son Sohrab actually does to Assef many years later under.


5.) Assef promises he will make good on his ďpatienceĒ when he decides not to attack Amir and Hassan. Later, he will he get his revenge on both.

6.) Amir is surprised that Hassan would be content to stay in the same mud hut the rest of his life. But Hassan wants to be there, because it is his home. This foreshadows the terrible day that Hassan and Ali are forced to leave the only home either of them have ever known.

7.) It is touching when Baba gathers up the dirt of his homeland to hold next to his heart. It foreshadows that he will never come back.

8.) Hassan is never far from Amirís mind, which foreshadows that he will someday atone for what he has done to his old friend.

9.) The fear that has been generated by the Taliban foreshadows all that Amir will face when he returns to his homeland.

10.) Hassan telling Rahim that God will need to help the Hazaras defend themselves against the Taliban is foreshadowing his own coming fate.

11.) Kabul is filled with the violence and cruelty of the Taliban. Everything they do, from hanging a man in the streets to stoning a man and a woman before a soccer game, foreshadows that Amir and Farid are in trouble.

12.) Amir remembers seeing a table just like the one in Assefís office at the crowded teashop in Peshawar. Seeing that table is a kind of foreshadowing, because somehow young Sohrab will figure out how the brass balls on the base of the table will make the perfect weapon to defeat Assef.

13.) Rahimís lie about the Caldwells helped encourage Amir to find Sohrab. Now they foreshadow Rahimís real plan: to have

Amir take Sohrab with him to the United States.


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