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saira-m | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 10, 2008 at 9:48 PM via web

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How does Khalid Hosseni use point of view and narrative voice in the first part of "The Kite Runner"?

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reidalot | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted October 10, 2008 at 10:11 PM (Answer #1)

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The first portion of this work is told to the reader using first person narration through Amir as a young manas he struggles to grow into adulthood faced with his own shame concerning his best friend, Hassan, and his quest to forge a strong bond with his father, Baba. Through Amir's voice, the reader is able to understand the harsh realities of growing up and the pain and guilt associated with the betrayal of one you love: "Kabul had become a city of  ghosts for me. A city of hare lipped ghosts."

First person narration provides insight into Amir's heart and soul allowing the reader into the Afghan culture through the eyes of the main character.

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bethb93 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 23, 2011 at 1:20 AM (Answer #2)

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The novel is from Amir's POINT OF VIEW. Main point is that the majority of the story is told through FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE, the protagonist of Amir. The reader can see Amir's true feelings and emotions, when most of the characters in the book fail to understand him. For this reason, the reader creates a 'bond' with the character of Amir, enabling them to empathise with him (to some extent)

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