The Kite Runner – Characterisation of Amir and Hassan

Despite your haunting illustrations, some useful quotes here:


The Kite Runner – Presentations

On Wednesday 4th October YOU are going to be the teacher.

You are going to work in pairs and you need to prepare a
presentation (approx 3 – 5 minutes) to teach the rest of the class about your particular area of analysis.

You can do this on PowerPoint or you can prepare it on paper and we show this on the visualiser or you can prepare it on flip chart paper.  You might want to prepare handouts.

It’s up to you!

But remember – your classmates are DEPENDING on you.


1.The key themes of the novel: Father/Son relationships, guilt, betrayal, forgiveness & redemption Jenna O and Aidan

2.The characterisation of Amir – Joshua and Taelor

3.The characterisation of Hassan – Iain, Campbell and Leighona

4.The characterisation of AssefFraser and Nicole

5.The characterisation of Baba and Rahim Khan – Jenna B and Craig

6.An exploration of the setting: where / when – Sunny and Jack O

7.The motifs / symbols of the novel – Kaitlyn and Jack B

8.Use of imagery throughout the novel – Josh and Dylan

9.Narration – narrative voice, unreliable narrators, reader’s relationship with narrator – Christie and Andrew D

10.2 key moments from Chapters 1 –13 – John, Andrew C, Olivia

11.2 key moments from Chapters 14 – 25 – Sam and Ewan


The Kite Runner – Homework

Hi folks,

For Wednesday 27th September,  please complete the below questions on Chapters 17 and 18, and read up to the end of Chapter 23.

Chapter 17

1.What does Hassan’s letter reveal about Afghanistan?  Himself?

2.Why does Rahim Khan choose to tell Amir of Hassan’s death after he read the letter, rather than before?

3.What simile does Amir use to describe Hassan’s death (p.192) (p.203)?  Why is it effective?

4.‘“I’m thirty-eight years old and I’ve just found out my whole life is one big fucking lie!”’ (p.195) (p.206) What has Amir just found out and how do you react to this revelation?

Chapter 18

1.‘like father, like son’ (p.197) (p.209).  How far is this cliché true in relation to Amir and his Baba?

2.Why is there so much repetition of earlier events and conversations in this chapter?

3.This is a short chapter.  Does this mean that it’s less important than the others?

The Kite Runner Homework

Hello folks,

For Wednesday 7th November 2017, please complete the questions below on Chapter 7, and read Chapters 8 and 9.

Chapter 7

1.The sky is described as ‘a blameless blue’ (p.53) (p.57).  What significance does this take on later in the chapter?

2.Hassan tells Amir ‘”You won, Amir agha! You won!”’ What does Amir reply and why is this unexpected?

3.Why does Hosseini break the chapter with the description of a memory and a dream?

4.What is it called when two contrasting things are put together to encourage the reader to think?  How is the technique used in this chapter?

5.How do Wali and Kamal react to the rape?  Why is what Wali says important to our understanding of Assef?

6.Why is the description of the Eid sacrifice included here?

7.How much do you blame the ‘hero’ of this chapter for the way he acts when his friend is raped?  Are there any mitigating factors?