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The Kite Runner ch 7

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“That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife’s slain body in his arms” (Chapter 4, 30-31).
Rahim Khan:“God has granted you a special talent. It is now your duty to hone that talent, because a person who wastes his God-given talents is a donkey. You have written your story with sound grammar and interesting style. But the most impressive thing about your story is that it hasirony. You may not even know what that word means. But you will someday. It is something that some writers reach for their entire careers and never attain. You have achieved it with your first story” (Chapter 4, 32-33).
Ironyis a contradiction between what is expected and what actually occurs.Verbalironyis the use of words to mean something different from what a person actually says:“Thanks for the ticket, officer. You just made my day!”“I can’t wait to read the seven hundred page report.”Dramaticironyis when the audience is aware of something that the characters in the story are not aware of:Adetective does not know that the criminal responsible for the crimes he is investigating is his partner. The audience, however, is already aware of this fact and waits anxiously to know what will happen once the character finds out what they already know.Situationalironyis when what happens is the exact opposite of what is meant to happen.In“The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, Mathildaborrows a necklace from a wealthy friend but loses it. In order to return her friend’s necklace, she and her husband replace this jewel with another expensiveoneand fall into horrible debt, which forces them to live in poverty for the rest of their lives.Years later,Mathildameets this friend again, and learns that thenecklace she went into debt to replace was a cheap fake.
What makes Amir’s story ironic? What kind of irony does he use?“That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife’s slain body in his arms.”
Describe the irony of thisscene (p.78-79)involving the kite, Amir and Hassan’s friendship, and Amir and Baba’s relationship. How does this scene reveal the problems that were always at the center of these relationships?

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The Kite Runner ch 7