Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Kite Runner: Point of View

"I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975." (p.1)

The novel is written in the first person point of view. The story is written from the perspective of one of the characters, Amir. This allows the reader to know all of Amir's thoughts and get to know the other characters better. Much of the characterization is revealed through Amir's thoughts and experiences in the first person point of view. Not only does the first person point of view give the reader an inside look into the life of an Afghani person, but it also gives the story credibility. Because of the life Amir has lived, he has the experience to look back and realize what each of the characters were going through and why they acted in the manner that they did. Hosseini's use of first person gives the reader a stronger understanding of a foreign land and a foreign way of life. The point of view is important when considering how the audience will convey the meaning of the work.

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