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Commentary On "The Kite Runner" By Khaled Hosseini

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Chapter 1December 2001I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid, overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, about how you can bury it. I know it is wrong because I learned that the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.One day last summer, my friend Rahim Khan called from Pakistan. He asked me to come see me. Standing in the kitchen with the receiver to my ear, I knew it wasn’t just Rahim Khan on the line. It was my entire past; all my sins that I have not atoned for. After I hung up, I went for a walk along Spreckels Lake on the northern edge of Golden Gate Park. The early-afternoon sun sparkled on the water where dozens of miniature boats sailed, propelled by a crisp breeze. Then I glanced up and saw a pair of kites, red with long blue tails, soaring in the sky. They danced high above the trees on the west end of the park, over the windmills, floating side by side like a pair of eyes looking down in San Francisco, the city I now call home. And suddenly Hassan’s voice whispered in my head: For you, a thousand times over. Hassan, the hare-lipped kite runner.I run on a park bench near a willow tree. I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an after thought. There is a way to be good again. I looked up at those twin kites. I thought about Hassan. I thought about Baba. Ali. Kabul. I thought of the life I had lived until the winter of 1975 came along and changed everything. And made me what I am today.Written CommentaryKhaled Hosseini is the first Afghan author who wrote his novel in English. In his book, “The Kite Runner”, Amir is haunted by his guilt of betraying his loyal childhood friend Hassan who is a son of his father’s servant. This commentary is an extract from the chapter one which Amir, the narrator of the story, begins the setting. In “The Kite Runner”, Hosseini shows that wrongdoing from the past cannot be buried; the past is something that people have to admit and accept so that they can repent and try to be make things right, or at least, better. He expresses these through his effective using of flashback, foreshadowing and tone.First of all, Hosseini uses flashback to efficiently deal with key events from the past which have given big impacts in his life. The narrator begins his story in December 2001 in San Francisco where he lives now. Then he recalls his memory in the winter of 1975. He remembers that he was hiding behind the wall glancing something. He also says through his experience, he knows very well about the past that it cannot be buried. In this excerpt, the narrator doesn’t go into the details but notes the memory that haunts him for a long time. This arouses...

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