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Jacob Verdon



America: A New World

Kabul, San Francisco: two places that are not in any way similar to the citizens of each city and especially different in the 1980s for Afghan immigrants who wanted to enter a new world. The novel, the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, is about a child named Amir growing up in Kabul and growing through the struggles of what is right for himself and what is right for his friends. Ultimately he goes with what will benefit him the most until he realizes that his friends and family matter more than to him then he thought when he was a child. Throughout chapter 10 of the novel Hosseini uses irony, imagery, and tone to bring about the darkness and fear in Amir's new world and how it has completely changed from what he thought when he was a child.

Also in chapter 10, Hosseini uses irony to show, in greater detail, the "new world" that Amir and Baba are now in.

For example, Hosseini uses irony to show how nothing will ever be the same again in Kabul for Amir and Baba when he says, "After everything he'd built, planned, fought for, fretted over, dreamed of, this was the summation of his life; one disappointing son and two suitcases" (124). Everything Baba has achieved and worked for in his life has dwindled down to just a few clothes and Amir. It's ironic because he worked so hard in Kabul to live a successful life, and now that he is in the progress of moving, at this point of the novel, to the United States, were everything is supposed to be "better", for Baba it is a new, but disappointing part of his life. Also, irony is used to show how...