1.1.1 Protagonist Amir recieves
a phone call regarding his
past in Afghanistan
1.1.2 Amir alludes to a significant
event that occured during
"The winter of 1975"
1.1.3 A cryptic introduction to the story, if the synopsis
is not known at least. However, the reader can
keep in mind that despite the events that occur
throughout the novel, Amir still ends up in America
at the point at which he is narrating.
1.2 SIGNIFICANT NARRATIVE
1.2.1 TIME AND SEQUENCE
184.108.40.206 Begins with a date (December 2001) and
makes several references back to the past
220.127.116.11.1 "Winter of 1975" / "The last twenty-six
years" / "One day last summer"
18.104.22.168 A huge amount of time has passed since the
event alluded to, which suggests a distorted
perception of time and may mean that the
childhood memories, as shown through the
mind of an adult, may be given a different
perspective than if they were fresh and new
1.3 ADDITIONAL NARRATIVE METHODS
1.3.1 SCENES AND PLACES
22.214.171.124 Strong descriptions of San Francisco
and an allusion to Kabul
126.96.36.199.1 A comparison between the two, perhaps
not as effective as Time and Sequence as
the link between the two is not as strong
2 CHAPTER TWO
2.1 KEY EVENTS
2.1.1 Hassan and Ali are
introduces, as servants
to Amir and his father
Baba. Hassan and Amir
are best friends as well
as their 'professional'
2.1.2 Hassan and Amir were born in
and live in the same place, and
both have no mother (Amir's died
in childbirth and Hassan's ran
away soon after he was born).
2.1.3 Amir is a Pashtun and
Hassan is a Hazara.
2.2 SIGNIFICANT NARRATIVE METHODS
188.8.131.52 There is a clear contrast between
Baba and Amir and Ali and Hassan,
notably between Baba and Ali.
184.108.40.206.1 They are different kinds of
fathers to their sons - in
Afghanistan the Pashtun group
was seen as 'better', so it might
be the Pashtun father who would
be presented as better, but it is
220.127.116.11.1.1 Ali is kind to both Amir and
Hassan even though Hassan is
his son, but Baba is nicer to
Hassan than to whom we know
as his son, Amir.
18.104.22.168 It is significant to talk about
who is not present as well as
who is (Amir and Hassan's
mother's both being absent)
2.3 ADDITIONAL NARRATIVE METHODS
2.3.1 VOICES IN THE STORY
22.214.171.124 Lots of the story is recounted, almost like
rumor or legend, which is relevant as Ali speaks
of a legend about the devil. When Sanaubar
(Hassan's mother) is mentioned, via a midwife
who says "I have heard that.." which gives the
impression of speculation and gossip.
126.96.36.199 The style is almost autobiographical
2.3.2 TIME AND SEQUENCE
188.8.131.52 If the chronology were linear, it would be
logical, but it's not and that is relevant as
the story is not logical either.
184.108.40.206 Use of anaphoric and
3 CHAPTER THREE
3.1 KEY EVENTS
3.1.1 Baba builds an orphanage - Amir's jealousy is
introduced, not just of Hassan but even the orphans
who seem to get more of Baba's attention than he does
3.1.2 Baba is shown in greater detail. He
expresses his contempt towards
religious figures and implies that he
is more moral than religious.
3.1.3 Baba is presented as a strong, fearless
character. Subsequently, the differences
between Amir and his father are further explored.
3.2 SIGNIFICANT NARRATIVE METHODS
220.127.116.11 The contrast between
characters is explored
within the chapter, again.
Amir and Baba are
compared, as are Amir
and Hassan towards the
end of the chapter.
18.104.22.168.1 Amir's point of view constantly
alludes to the fact taht he is more
similar to his father than anyone
thinks, but not in a good way.
3.2.2 POINT OF VIEW
22.214.171.124 Seen through Amir's eyes,
still strongly emotive after a
long time of reflection
126.96.36.199.1 The reader begins to sympathise with
Amir that his father seems so
disinterested in him, but we also begin to
wonder if Amir is a 'nice' character.
QUOTE; "I already
hated all the kids he
was building the
sometimes I wished
they'd all died along
with their parents."
4 CHAPTER FOUR
4.1 KEY EVENTS
4.1.1 It becomes apparent that Baba and
Ali were friends in the same way
that Hassan and Amir are now.
188.8.131.52 The social / religious
issues (Hazara vs.
Pashtun, Sunni vs. Shi'a)
184.108.40.206 Baba's father took orphaned Ali in when he was 5 years old
4.1.2 Hassan and
Amir can be
cruel - he plays
220.127.116.11 Amir discovers as a result
of this that he has a talent for
storytelling and writing
18.104.22.168 Rahim Khan supports Amir
more than his own father
4.2 SIGNIFICANT NARRATIVE METHODS
4.2.1 TIME AND SEQUENCE
22.214.171.124 References to Ali and Baba's
childhood provides a comparison to
Amir and Hassan's youth
126.96.36.199 Routines of the main
(ethnic divisions) - displays
this and the difference
between the characters
188.8.131.52.1 This - as well as Time and Sequence - shows that history
repeats itself in the novel. The division goes back for generations,
and may continue for more
4.2.3 VOICES IN THE STORY
184.108.40.206 Inner voice of Hassan shows his
intelligence and devotion to Amir /
Amir's shows an unsettling aversion
to Hassan even though he's meant
to be his best friend
5 CHAPTER FIVE
5.1 KEY EVENTS
5.1.1 Assef introduced as an
antagonist to the story
5.1.2 Hassan stands up for himself and Amir, when
really it should be Amir doing the 'standing up'.
5.1.3 Huge time skip "For the next couple of years" up to the point
where Hassan has an operation to correct his cleft lip
220.127.116.11 Introduces the idea that the 'bad event' that has been
alluded to throughout is somewhere close on the
horizon ("Which was ironic. Because that was that
winter that Hassan stopped smiling.")
18.104.22.168 Shows Baba's kindness and fondness of
Hassan that he's giving him a gift that really
matters and that will last, but also highlights
his superficiality - Baba is changing
Hassan's looks to please him, or himself? It
may be well meaning, but there are visual
limitations - what is wrong with society.
5.2 SIGNIFICANT NARRATIVE METHODS
22.214.171.124 Huge, detailed description and introduction of Assef,
more detailed than any other character so far.
126.96.36.199.1 This is indicative of how he will go on
to play a major role in the story.
5.2.2 VOICES IN THE STORY
188.8.131.52 Hassan's repetitive use of the formal
respect term "Agha" even when he is
threatening to hurt Amir
184.108.40.206.1 Shows that he is aware of where he
stands socially ("What it must be like
to live with such an ingrained sense
of one's place in a hierarchy")
220.127.116.11.1.1 Sense of justice is flawed in their
18.104.22.168 Baba reveals his somewhat
flawed love for both Hassan
as well as Amir