Author Khaled Hosseini uses exposition in the first chapter of The Kite Runner for background information to introduce many of his important characters, such as Baba, Ali, Rahim Khan and Hassan, as well as the novel's primary locales of Kabul, Pakistan and San Francisco. Several themes are introduced, including that of the redemption that Amir seeks throughout the novel--
It was my past of unatoned sins... There is a way to be good again.
and his quest for self-identity--
And made me what I am today.
Hosseini also uses both flashback and foreshadowing to show how the events of "the winter of 1975 came along and changed everything"; and the symbolism of kite flying and Hassan's dedication as Amir's faithful kite runner.