What literary devices were used in this passage? (chapter 22 of The Kite Runner): "WHAT'S SO FUNNY?" Assef bellowed. Another rib snapped, this time left lower. What was so funny was that, for the...
What literary devices were used in this passage? (chapter 22 of The Kite Runner):
"WHAT'S SO FUNNY?" Assef bellowed. Another rib snapped, this time left lower. What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace. I laughed because I saw that, in some hidden nook in a corner of my mind, I'd even been looking forward to this. I remembered the day on the hill I had pelted Hassan with pomegranates and tried to provoke him. He'd just stood there, doing nothing, red juice soaking through his shirt like blood. Then he'd taken the pomegranate from my hand, crushed it against his forehead. Are you satisfied now? he'd hissed. Do you feel better? I hadn't been happy and I hadn't felt better, not at all. But I did now. My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn't find out until later—but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed.
The first literary device in the selected passage is the flashback to an earlier point in the novel when Amir had taken his anger out on Hassan. Amir has a great deal of guilt dating back to that earlier moment, and he receives the blows from Assef with a kind of masochistic relief because he feels that he deserves them. The flashback thus helps us to understand why Amir is reacting with laughter to such a savage beating from Assef.
Another literary device is the rhetorical question that Hassan asks Amir during the flashback scene. Hassan asks, "Are you satisfied now?" Hassan didn't want Amir to answer this question, but asked it to make a point. And the point was that Amir would never be able to satisfy or appease his own guilt by taking it out on Hassan. There is a second...
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