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The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner - Notes Personal Response Did the work make you see something in a different light? From reading 'The Kite Runner', I realised that Afghanistan culture is not honestly illustrated in the media. Before reading this novel my views were negative and I only thought of Afghanistan as being a country which lacks control, unity and peace. Now, however, I am fully aware of the fact that afghan's have strong morals and family values, and regard education as being a fundamental foundation in life. In addition, it reminded me of the reality of war and peace in the Middle East and how there is always going to be social tensions in Afghanistan for as long as the Taliban are in charge. Furthermore, I realised that the saying "once a coward, always a coward'' has its flaws, as life always offers you a path to redemption - it's just up to us to take the journey. How do you feel about the main character? Do you sympathise with them or do they make you angry? Amir, the main character and narrator, tells his story of how he grew up in Afghanistan and the sins he had committed against his friend and half brother, Hassan. The story is mainly about his journey to redemption. ...read more.

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On more than occasion, Hassan throws himself into a fight for Amir, even though Amir treats him with no respect or loyalty. Most people in today's world would think twice about involving themselves in a battle for a friend who continued to be disloyal to them. Furthermore, Assef is portrayed as the perfect evil character; he rapes Hassan, worships the acts of Hitler and is often racist. The reader finds it hard to believe a young boy, like Assef, could commit such acts of violence. Society and Setting Is the main character in conflict with someone? Amir doesn't experience a continuing conflict with another character in the novel. However, as a man Amir does struggle with the inner conflict of his decisions he made when he was a child. Amir is eventually given the opportunity to return home to Afghanistan, where he learns the truth: Hassan was really his half brother, and all the scrutiny and harshness he had inflicted on him during their youth was really towards his brother. Amir is then asked to find Hassan's son, his nephew, and it is then that the reader witnesses Amir defeating his inner conflict as he grows to understand himself; he grows into a man of bravery and insightfulness. Are we meant to compare and contrast certain characters? ...read more.

Conclusion

Hosseini's overall pattern of events allows him to set up expectations early on in his novel and in the end turn those expectations on their heads. Does it deal with several generations? 'The Kite Runner' deals with the history of Afghanistan across three different generations, each involving huge political changes: one experiences the rise of Taliban and the downfall of the Soviet Union. Does the author use flashbacks? Most of Hosseini's novel is a detailed flashback which begins in 2001 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and ends there in 2002. This flashback transports the reader into Amir's childhood and young adulthood before bringing us to his manhood. Does the novel build to a climax or turning point or is there an anti-climax or cliff hanging ending? Throughout the entire novel the writer spends most of his time building up to a climax. This climax is soon revealed when Amir fights Assef, for the freedom of Hassan's son, Sohrab. In addition, this climax of Amir becoming brave is also a turning point as he can now walk away from his past knowing he has been granted redemption. What is the tone of the novel? Hosseini's novel is mainly written in a solemn tone. This is due to the fact that the main message of his novel is a very serious one: that anyone, from any background is capable of committing a sin but on the other hand there is always a path to redemption. ...read more.

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