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  1. The Kite Runner explores the consequences of attempting to rebel against unjust leadership. To what extent do you agree with this view? Remember to include in your answer relevant detailed exploration of Hosseinis authorial methods.

    Despite this however Hassan, a Hazara is able to take control in order to save Amir with his slingshot. Calmly and slowly Hassan commands Assef: ?Please leave us alone, Agha? Please leave us be Agha?. This is an extremely powerful image, of Hassan rising up and humiliating Assef in front of his friends. The direct consequence of this action was saving Amir from a brutal violent attack and the satisfaction of defeating Assef and his friends. However it also led to the horrific rape of Hassan, as the reader however we have ultimate sympathy and respect for Hassan, he goes through hell to save Amir and his son Sohrab carries on his threat of ?one-eyed Assef?.

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  2. The effect of war is most greatly felt within relationships. Discuss, looking at the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

    Verb quelled suggests an oppressive action and adjective unspeakable leaves it to the reader?s imagination. The reader gets the feeling that even though the fighting took place in the 19th century, the conflict which then bred prejudice against the Hazaras has a tangible effect on Amir and Hassan's friendship. By shifting the narrative from the present turmoil in Afghanistan to the 19th century defeat of the Hazaras, Husseini manages to demonstrate to the reader what has led to Hassan becoming inferior to Amir even though the boys have grown up together and been intimate friends since birth- this shown by the fact that Hassan's first word was ?Amir?.

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  3. In The Bath written by Janet Frame, ideas are developed about old age through settings, characters actions, and characters mind.

    Ideas are first developed through settings because it identified and established the time, place and mood of the events of the story. The setting starts with the old women listening to the ?drip-drip of the cold water tap of the wash basin.? This is a cold setting which shows that it is not a happy setting, but a unhappy and sad setting. Therefore, ideas are developed through settings.

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  4. In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald creates a climactic confrontation in Chapter 7 between Gatsby and Tom Buchanan which is of central importance to the text as a whole because it marks the end of Gatsbys dream.

    Throughout the novel, tragic hero Gatsby strives to reignite his relationship with Daisy and finally seems to achieve his wish when they are reunited. As their affair develops and Tom finds out about this, a confrontation takes place which results in Gatsby?s dream being shattered. Tom is an arrogant formidable character who believes that the best way to deal with problems is to confront them directly and this is how he wins Daisy back. The confrontation takes place in a suite of the Plaza Hotel where tensions have been boiling over.

    • Word count: 1615
  5. The Trial by Franz Kafka is an amalgamation of allegories. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

    The first word ?Somebody? creates this sense of ambiguity, who would do something like this to K.? This sentence contains nothing but unproven assumptions also the fact that K. is not informed about the details of his arrest helps to induce this atmosphere of ambivalence, deception and uncertainty which is maintained throughout the whole novel until Josef K.?s death. Another major allegory is the themes of observation and surveillance which are reflected in ?The Trial?. The industrial revolution were the first to introduce surveillance the idea of being monitored and watched by keeping records in paper databases of people.

    • Word count: 636
  6. Analysis of an excerpt from Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" : Attempting to pray

    and ?diamonds? (l.7). The atmosphere is rather cold and enigmatic so the reader is overcome by a feeling of anxiety. After Aziz has finished his prayer he surprisingly decides never to pray again for anybody who leaves him ?vulnerable to women and history? (l.10) like the narrator comments. The reader, lacking any kind of information, is confused so suspense is created awakening the reader?s interest so that he wants to learn more by continuing the story. In the next paragraph the setting of the novel is described adding the sense of reality and three-dimensionality exemplifying the theme.

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • By Comparing and Contrasting the characters of Flora and Prue, discuss how Stella Gibbons has parodied the concept of heroine.

    "In conclusion the rural novel of which Precious Bane is an example has been parodied in detail by Stella Gibbons, from which she has crafted Cold Comfort Farm. Although there a several differences in the two heroines in the novels there are also a number of similarities, both novels are written in first person narrative, in the perspective of the heroine, allowing the reader to get inside the characters head quite effectively. Although both novels are written in considerable detail, Gibbons has exaggerated a lot of her concepts and she does her best to highlight this. Although Flora and Prue aren't both portrayed as stereotypical heroines, they are still both rescued by a male character from the novel, which is term is a cliché that rural novels follow, of a hero rescuing his heroine. However despite the few similarities the two novels contain, Gibbons has engaged several of Mary Webb's concepts and parodied them to perfection, and therefore in a result of this has portrayed Flora, her heroine in a completely different way to how Prue is shown by her author, attractive, confident and independent, she's more of a modern heroine whereas Prue is more traditional."

  • In death, Carlo is described as 'the perfect figure of the perfect man.' To what extent do you agree with this epitaph?

    "In my opinion, Carlo was 'the perfect figure of the perfect man'. I live in a modern society, influenced by the open and equal status shared by everyone in my country. I believe that the orientation of a person should not bear relation as to whether they can be considered 'perfect' or not. What I do consider a more difficult task is defining the word 'perfect', it is a complex word which means different to everybody and there is no unambiguous way to define it. As a result, when I use the word 'perfect' in the context of this essay, I consider both the modern English view and the contemporary Greek and Italian views. In this case, Carlo would not be considered a perfect man because of the homophobic culture which still exists in both of these countries. However, in modern England and to myself, the strength of character, devotion, liberalness and inner beauty of Carlo is enough to be named 'the perfect figure of the perfect man'."

  • Discuss Hosseinis exploration of the parent/ child relationship in the Kite Runner.

    "In conclusion, it is clear that even if Amir was the son Baba had 'imagined', Baba would still have been reluctant to have a relationship with him, as Baba's secret fathering of Hassan haunts him and distances him from Amir. Hosseini effectively creates two characters, through the relationship of Baba and Amir, where mistakes echo to the next generation demonstrating how adults' present mistakes affect the younger generation. It is unclear whether Amir's mistakes will also subsequently affect Sohrab as Hosseini leaves the reader with an open ending, where the reader is left to speculate. However the resonance of Amir's words of: 'For you a thousand times over' echoes as a spoken promise that he will stand by Sohrab and return the loyalty he was shown by Hassan and Sohrab's counter smile indicates that, there is hope for Amir and Sohrab's relationship, will not reiterate that of Amir and Baba's. The ending not only inspires hope for Sohrab and Amir's father/son relationship but also for Afghanistan, the land that they love."

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