The Kite Runner Critical Essay

Hi folks,

The critical essay on the question below is due in Wednesday 25th October 2017.

Choose a novel or short story in which there is a moment of significance for one of the characters.

Explain briefly what the significant moment is and discuss, with reference to appropriate techniques, its significance to the text as a whole.

Here is the PowerPoint we’ve been using in class – I’ve also included a section towards the end on essay writing, with examples, mini exercises, etc. It would be advisable to look at this as you are writing the essay.

Kite Runner Unit

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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

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?