Khalil's shooting is described in tense language that emphasizes the terror and horror of the situation. Blood is described as spraying from Khalil's body as he jerks around; his eyes go lifeless when he passes away. The minimalist description, coupled with horrific imagery, clearly conveys the tragedy of the situation.
Chris's house is described with lavish adjectives; great attention is given to the paintings, furniture, and details of the large house. This detailed description conveys to the reader the extent of Chris's wealth and makes the contrast between Starr's house, and thus her background and experiences, very prominent. For example, Starr points out that her Garden Heights house could actually fit inside of Chris's house.
The riots on Magnolia are described using rich, descriptive language; the fire envelops the store like a sun, and the popping of objects hurled by the police reminds Starr of the Fourth of July. This language, in which the actions of the riots are compared to loud and intense things like the sun and fireworks, emphasizes the intensity of the emotions that surround the protests.
The description of Emmett Till's body as so mutilated that people were not able to recognize him at first highlights the depravity of his death. Till's death in 1955 was only one in a series of racist killings that were truly horrific; race-based killings continue into the present; Khalil's fictional death has parallels in recent events in the U.S. By describing the extent of the damage to Till's body, the novel conveys the brutality of such senseless killings.
The Hate U Give Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Hate U Give is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I suppose pop-culture references work well for a particular demographic like young adult readers. These references help people relate better to the themes of the book. The danger is that these references can become dated with time making the story...
Starr remembers that when she was twelve, her parents gave her two talks: one about sex, and one about what to do when interacting with the police. Starr’s parents told her not to talk back to the police and to do what they want, so when Khalil “...