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Kite Runner Literature Terms
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The character in a story who opposes the hero, or protagonist. Assef was the antagonist. Assef represents the interntional community and its effect on the Afghani society. He rapes Hassan in Chapter 7 of the novel.
The decisive moment and the turning point of the action in the plot of a play or story. In Kite Runner, the climax was the rape in Chapter 7 when Assef raped Hassan. This rape changed not only the tone of the story, but caused a rift in the friendship of Amir and Hassan.
The struggle between opposing forces that provides the central action and interest in any literary plot. The one of the major conflicts in Kite Runner is the Hazaras vs. Pashtuns. This conflict caused many other conflicts such as Hassan vs. Amir, Amir vs. Assef and Assef vs. Hassan.
Anything beyond the specific words of a literary work that may be relevant to the meaning of a literary work. Contexts may be economic, religious, social, cultural, historical, literary, biographical, etc. The context in Kite Runner was an economic/ cultural context because of the way the country of Afghanistan was ran and how they were defined as a human being by their religion and culture.
Hints of future events through unusual circumstances in the present. In Chapter 1, Amir make a reference to the winter of 1975, which later on we realize is the winter when Hassan is raped by Assef.
When a character remembers a past event that is relevant to the current action of the story.Their was a moment of flashback in Chapter 7 when Amir remembered that he and Hassan had fed from the same breast making them bonded by a brotherhood. Housseni references this to make the next scene even more of a tragedy.
A literary character whose personality can be defined by one or two traits and does not change over the course of the story. Flat characters are usually minor or insignificant characters. A clear example of a flat character is Ali. He usually either exibits extreme sadness or happiness throught the story.
A character that by contrast underscores or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another. In the story Kite Runner, the two main characters Amir and Hassan are an example of a foil. Amir's weakness and cowardly ways enhances Hassans strength and good, loyal characteristics.
From the Greek; pron.: high-PURR-beh-lee. Exaggeration for effect; e.g. "When sorrows come, they come not single but in battalions" (Hamlet, 4.5) An example of a hyperbole is the scene of his father being compard to a hurricane becuase they were trying to make him out to be a strong brute of a man.
The use of words to create pictures. An author can use lively description to create vivid pictures in the mind or appeal to other sensory experience; e.g. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" (Hamlet, 1.4). The author uses imagery in the beginning of Chapter 6 when he describes the winter and its cool crisp snow and chilled air.
One of the key ideas or literary devices which supports the main THEME of a literary work. It may consist of a character, a recurrent image or verbal pattern. An example of a moif in Kite Runner is the winter of 1975. The winter symbolizes not only the rape of Hassan, but also the loss of a stable friendship, the success of a power struggle between Assef and Amir/ Hassan, and the non existence of Amir's courage, which is evident throught all of the chapters becuse of it being mentioned several times.
The main character in a drama or literary work. The protagonist in Kite Runner is Amir. He is not only the narrator of the story, but also the story is being told from his point of view. We see the world through the eyes of Amir and how he views every character in the story.
A character who is developed over the course of the book, round characters are usually major characters in a novel. In the novel of Kite Runner, an example of a round character would be Hassan because he changes from a happy child to being distant and reserved and away from his childhood friend Amir because of his rape. He didnt sing or be in his happy moods anymore. He wasnt the true Hassan anymore.
The locale, time, and CONTEXT in which the ACTION of a literary work takes place. "It was a dark and stormy night . . ." is an example of a setting (a cliché). The setting of the story was Kabul, Afghanistan 1963-1981 when the boys grew up; Freemont, California; then Kabul, Afghanistan 2001
Narration in which an event or moment of a plot is stretched out for dramatic effect. An instance of scenic narration in Kite Runner is once again the rape scene of 1975 becuase the entire scene is drawn out to bring out the tragedy of the scene occuring.
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