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Post  melaniehunt on Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:56 am

Symantic field of Afghanistan (pages 96 and 97)
- Jalalabad
- Pakistan
- prayer beads
- turban
- mother's books (from Amir)
- Rahim khan
- rafiqs (comrades)
- bismillah (praying)
- tapestries (from Amir and baba's house)
- Kabul

Page 97 -
The word choice on shows Amir’s negative feelings about travelling from America to Pakistan. He uses the words ‘hopped’, 'stumbled', 'stooped', 'snapped' and 'tumbling'.

Page 98 -
'Jalaluddin - our seventh servant in five years...' and the rest of the paragraph
Shows that people in Afghanistan have changed, not to be trusted anymore. also shows the comparison to Ali and Hassan.

Page 100 -
The Russian soldier wants time with a woman on the bus. This shows how women are mistreated in Afghanistan and are treated more like objects than people.
Baba stands up to the soldier, shows how most men in the afghan culture have morals.

'the young woman pulled the shawl down over her face. burst into tears'
shows that afghan women are very faithful and don't want to disrespect their husbands. Afghanistan women are only meant to give themselves to one man in their lifetimes; their husband.

page 102 -
'He kissed Baba's hand'
a sign of respect in the culture.

page 103 -
'"how long for the parts?" baba roared'
example of an imperative sentence as he is commanding Karim to tell him the details/truth.

page 106 -
'you want to scream. you would if you could. but you have to breathe to scream.
the basement had been dark. the fuel tank was pitch-black...'
- these are examples of simple sentences, which emphasize Amir’s panic and worry in the fuel tank.
- there are examples of declarative sentences ('the basement has been dark. the fuel tank was pitch-black'), and also exclamatory sentences, showing Amir’s feelings and expressing shock. ('you want to scream...panic')
- this quote also sounds like a list, along with a few sentences before and after the quote. it would be an asyndetic list as there are no conjunctives included between.
- the repeating of the word 'you' involves the reader. this is an example of direct speech.
- there is also an example of opposites, as Amir is so used to being free in Afghanistan and now he is trapped.


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Post  Admin on Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:26 am

A detailed and well chosen list of quotes that shows clear understanding of this complex theme and how the ideas work together.

Aims: keep your focus always on the language. The second half of your work is most successful, where we see language commented on in detail. Make this a habit for *every* quote at word-level analysis. Also, revise some of your terms carefully:

Page 97 -
The word choice on shows Amir’s negative feelings about travelling from America to Pakistan. He uses the words ‘hopped’, 'stumbled', 'stooped', 'snapped' and 'tumbling'.

You say "words" but you need to be more specific - what words and why? are they all the same? what is the effect?

Also, you mention Baba's use of an imperative sentence, whereas it is an interrogative because of the "?" You instead need to focus on how Baba is used to phrasing questions (interrogatives) as commands because he used to being obeyed. This demonstrates his authority.


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