Figurative Language in The Kite Runner

    Select an example of figurative language or a literary device (i.e. simile, metaphor, irony, tone, mood, etc.) from your journal and post it below. Indicate the direct quote and a page number. Review the other postings.


    Mar 28, 2012

    “I sat on a park bench near a willow tree. I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought. There is a way to be good again."

    This represents tone because it gives you an idea that the main character did something wrong in his life. Thats why you want to read on, to find out what that wrong thing was.

    Mar 28, 2012

    “The swelling subsided, and the wound healed with time. Soon, it was just a pink jagged line running up from his lip. By the following winter, it was only a faint scar. Which was ironic. Because that was the winter that Hassan stopped smiling.” ~ Page 47

    This foreshadows a very bad event or succession of events about to occur. It also shows irony.

    Mar 28, 2012

    Metaphor: "I knew it wasn't just Rahim Khan on the line. It was my past of unatoned sins." - Page 1 - Amir

    Mar 28, 2012

    " I stepped back and all I saw was rain through the windowpanes that looked like melting silver."

    Mar 28, 2012

    "'It's wonderfully strange to see you as a grown man.'" (197) Rahim Khan speaking to Amir.

    I love the word choice here, because 'wonderfully' and 'strange' don't seem to go together, but I think it describes the feeling better than only using one or the other. It's kind of like an oxymoron, like 'pretty ugly' or 'all alone together.'

    Mar 28, 2012

    The poplar trees lined the redbrick driveway, which led to a pair of wrought iron gates. They in turn opened into an extension of the driveway into my father’s estate. The house sat on the left side of the brick path, the backyard at the end of it… A broad entryway flanked by rosebushes led to the sprawling house of marble floors and wide windows…

    This represents small writing. It helps the reader understand how lucky Amir's father was in having a good job, being wealthy, and having a nice house, unlike other people in the area. It sets the book off making the reader think that everyone lives like that, but it is not true.

    Mar 28, 2012

    "The impact had cut your upper lip in two, he had said, clean down the middle. Clean down the middle. Like a harelip." pg.297

    The irony of this is that Hassan used to have a harelip but it was removed by surgery, now Amir has gotten a harelip from a fight that he ran away from and sacrificed Hassan to so many years ago.

    Mar 28, 2012

    "I saw that oil had spilled under the jeep and stained the driveway like a big Rorschach inkblot." Page 262

    This is an example of a simile that creates imagery.

    Mar 28, 2012

    “At parties, when all six-foot-five of him thundered into the room, attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun.”
    This was, in my opinion, the best kind of simile in the book to describe Baba before and even after he was diagnosed with cancer. I think it captured the charisma and power his character had flawlessly.

    Mar 28, 2012

    Point of view:


    I really liked how the author had decided to switch the point of view on chapter 16 over to Rahim Khan. It gives the story that Rahim Khan talks about, a more realistic feel. It also was a good decision because if Amir had been the one hearing Rahim Khan telling the story and his words are just interruptions, the reader may feel confused or not be interested in what Rahim is saying. Plus, if Rahim was not the main character of chapter 16, not many would be much interested in what he is saying.

    Mar 28, 2012

    " Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fist-ful of crumpled money under a mattress." Pg. 242

    Mar 28, 2012

    MOOD: When Amir wants to find Hassan's son, it changes the mood of the story. In some way i feel hope for him and Sorhab.

    Mar 28, 2012

    "For you, a thousand times over."

    The author uses repetition many times in the novel. This quote is an example of of how he uses repetition because we see it appearing at the beginning, middle and end of the novel. Even more significantly, this quote was one of the last sentences seen on the final page of the novel. It shows us how important this quote to the characters and in the novel as a whole.

    Mar 28, 2012

    Chapter 12
    "like a cop showing mug shot of the killer to the victims family”
    This simile is very unique because it is so much like our american society.

    Mar 28, 2012

    "I only knew the memory lived in me, a perfectly encapsulated morsel of a good past, a brushstroke of color on the gray, barren canvas that our lives had become." page 107.

    This is a metaphor using a canvas and paintbrush, to represent what their lives have become.

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