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In Chapter 22 of the Kite Runner, what type of langauge does the author use?

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laurenpaige7390 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 25, 2007 at 3:39 AM via web

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In Chapter 22 of the Kite Runner, what type of langauge does the author use?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 27, 2007 at 6:12 AM (Answer #1)

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The author uses a combination of interior monologue and narration which allows us to experience what Amir is thinking, seeing, hearing, and feeling, from his point of view.  The sentences are short and simply constructed, and become choppier as the action speeds up, allowing us to feel the sense of urgency and pulsing forward motion as the situation becomes more dangerous and culminates in the brutal fight between Amir and Assef.  The language is descriptive and almost impressionistic' using his words sparingly, the author gives us snatches of what Amir perceives during the fight - the crack of his bones breaking, the glint of the brass knuckles, the taste of his own blood - and leaves us feeling as breathless and battered as his character. 

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baileyk | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2008 at 5:33 PM (Answer #2)

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In chapter 22, a role reversal could be portrayed during the fight sequence and compared to that of when Assef raped Hassan. It is now that Sohrab is in Amirs shoes, watching him being beaten, however then does the exact same as his father and stands up for Amir however in the circumstances when Amir should have stood up to Assef for Hassan. The language used is very narrative and detailed to a point; however harsh and directly tothe point in fragmented sentences. The punctuation is very erratic and creates the unpredictable atmosphere in which Amir and Assef fight. Amir is the protagonist and we eperience the emotins through his words and description.  

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