What is the author's use of language in chapters 20 to 25 of The Kite Runner? Explain the syntax and imagery.

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The syntax in chapters 20–25 of The Kite Runner resembles that of the rest of the book. The author, Khaled Hosseini , frequently uses shorter sentences, and sometimes even sentence fragments, to introduce the reader to the next section or next topic of the chapter. For example, in chapter 10, which describes Amir and Baba's arduous journey from Afghanistan to America, Hosseini begins a paragraph with one word, "Panic" (121). He uses this technique to jar the reader awake and perhaps to make us feel as disoriented and uncomfortable as Amir feels. In chapter 20, Amir returns to Afghanistan but finds it nearly unrecognizable from the country of his childhood. Hosseini begins the first paragraph at the top of page 245 with the sentence fragment "Rubble and beggars." Surely, such a sight is heartbreaking for Amir, and the syntax in...

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