Style of writing

The language used by Khaled Hosseini in the novel The Kite Runner reflects the characters’ backgrounds and dialects. The author introduces a large variety of words and expressions in Farsi, which highlight the characters’ status and their connection to their country. For example, Hassan and Ali often address Baba and Amir with the honorific title “Agha”, which shows their respect for their masters, but also highlights the servants’ lower status. On the same note, older characters often address younger characters with “bachem”, which is a term of endearment. For example, Khala Jamila and General Taheri often use this term when they speak to Amir or Soraya.

Among the most used words and expressions in Farsi are “tashakor”, “zendagi migzara”, “namaz”, “nang”, and “namoos”. Then, words like “pakoras”, “naan”, “samosas”, “biryani” – which are related to food – help the author create an authentic atmosphere, which captivates readers. It is worth noting that although several Afghan characters relocate to the US, they keep using Farsi when they talk to each other. This helps them connect to fellow Afghans but also maintain a connection to their native country. 

Metaphors and simlies

Hassan’s dream about the monster in the lake is a metaphor for his relationship with Amir. In Hassan’s dream, Amir is the one who claims that there is no monster in the lake, and Hassan follows him in the water. This shows that, in their relationship, Amir is the one who always takes initiative and Hassan always follows. 

After Hassan’s rape, Amir interprets the dream differently and sees himself as the monster who changed Hassan’s lif...

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