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What does the narrator seem to foreshadow a the end of Chapter Two in The Kite...

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kislingsop2015f | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 6, 2013 at 1:28 AM via web

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What does the narrator seem to foreshadow a the end of Chapter Two in The Kite Runner?

I just started the book for a class of mine, and I'm totally lost. Please help!

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Douglas Horley | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted February 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM (Answer #1)

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By the end of the second chapter Amir has begun to acquire some deeper understanding of why his household servants (Ali and Hassan) are so depised by the Pashtun community in Kabul. It is apparent that whilst knowledge of the oppression of Hazara gives him deeper understanding of their plight, he still seems to have little empathy for the father and son. Yet Ali earnestly tells Amir that as he and Hassan shared the same nursing woman there was a brotherhood betwen them, "a kinship that not even time could break" (p. 10).

The end of chapter two therefore foreshadows the idea that the destiny of the two young boys is intertwined despite the unequal nature of their relationship. As Amir then reflects on the significance of the first words both boys uttered as babies, those words foreshadow the huge part to play of the dominant figure in each character's life. The tone is really quite sombre at this point, because the narrator is reflecting on the causes of the turbulent events which unfolded in their lives. 

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