Essay Topics for The Kite Runner UNPACKED
Introduction to all set prompts
Amirand Hassan represent the divisions in Afghan society and how this dichotomy affects the direction of their lives. Discuss
A ‘discuss’ type of promptis best tackled as a debatewhere you are using your skillatreasoning, backed up bycarefully selectedevidence to make a case for and against anargument. In discussing your debate, you should pointout the advantages and disadvantages of a givencontext, (in this case the divisions in Afghan society).Remember to arriveata conclusion.Before you can commence however, you must unpack the prompt. This is best done by highlighting the key words and then rewriting the prompt in your own words. Try –The Afghan society is divided. There are those who are rich and those who are poor. Being rich or poor in Afghanistan means that your life takes a different direction.
Amirand Hassan represent the divisions in Afghan society and how this dichotomy affects the direction of their lives.Discuss. Continued…………………
Sample IntroductionThecontrast between socialclasses inKhaledHosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’,is seen inthe character’s Amirand his friend Hassan. Amir is the son of Baba, a wealthy businessman and a Sunni Muslim.His life is one ofprivilege and comfortliving ina fine home andenjoyingevery social advantage. Amir goes to school, owns books, and reads well. Hassan, however, is a member ofHazara, an ethnic minority inAfghanistan.TheHazaramake up the lowest class in Afghan society; individually and as a group, they areberated,rejected, and dismissed as human beings. They live lives ofwretchedpoverty and discrimination. This dichotomy affects the direction of their lives as Amir has his dream of being a writer realized and Hassan’s life ends in a premature and traumatic death.
How is abuse of power emphasized through the characters inThe Kite Runner?
A HOW question will ask you topresent, in a logical order, and with reference to relevantevidence,the stages and combination of factors that give rise to something. In this case, giving rise to the abuse of power through the characters.Lets unpack and re-write the prompt once again –The characters in The Kite Runner show us how those in power abuse the weaker ones or those in lesser power.
How is abuse of power emphasized through the characters inThe Kite Runner? Continued……
Sample IntroductionIn Khaled Hosseini’s novel, ‘The Kite Runner’ Hosseinidefines power in modern dayAfghanistan as a politicalor nationalstrength. Power isan ability to do an act in order toaccomplish something and finally. Power is tocontrol or show possession over onesauthority.Hosseiniexplores the corruption of power through characters and cultures, in Afghanistan. Firstly, Baba a richman and awell respected businessmanhas his own beliefs yet violates the use of power by going against his values and morals.Moreover,Assefa half German and half Afghani with a lot of power takes his powers to the next level by abusing thosein his control including Hassan.Lastly, theTaliban'swho areof PashtunethniccontrollingAfghanistan from 1996 until 2001.All of these characters and members of thetheAfghani society are shown to abuse their power.
Does Amir achieve complete redemption and atonement in the novel?
When you are asked a DOES questionweighup to what extent something is true. Persuade the reader of your argument byincludingrelevantinformation from the text, butalso remember to point out any flaws and counter-arguments as well. Conclude by stating clearly how far you are in agreement with the original proposition.Then of course re-write the prompt. Try this:Amir is forgiven for everything he has done to Hassan by the time the novel ends.
Does Amir achieve complete redemption and atonement in the novel? Continued….
Sample IntroductionOne of the central themes of‘TheKiteRunner’by Khaled Hosseini,is atonement andwhether Amir truly redeemed himself for what hedid to Hassan. The quest for redemption makes up much of the novel’splot. Throughouthis childhood,Amir’sgreatest struggle was to redeem himself to Baba forkillinghis mother during childbirth, and for growing up a disappointingson, so much unlike Baba.After Hassan’s rape, Amir spends the rest of his life trying to redeem himselffor betraying hisloyalfriend.His need for atonementculminates in Amir’s return to Afghanistan and his attempts to save and adopt Hassan’s sonSohrab. This journey and Amir’s decisions along the way come to head and prove that he does achieve redemption.
The relationship between Amir and his father acts as a catalyst for the events inThe Kite Runner.Discuss
A ‘discuss’ type of promptis best tackled as a debate where you are using your skillatreasoning, backed up by carefully by selected evidence to make a case for and against an argument. In discussing your debate, you should point out theadvantages anddisadvantages of a given context, (in this case therelationship between Amir and his father being the main reason for what happens in the novel).Remember to arriveata conclusion.Now let’s rewrite the question –Because of the relationship between Amir and his father’s the story of ‘The Kite Runner’ can continue.
The relationship between Amir and his father acts as a catalyst for the events inThe Kite Runner.Discuss Continue………….
Sample IntroductionIn‘TheKiteRunner’,Khaled Hosseini uses the complex emotional bond betweenAmirandhis father as the catalyst which propels the narrative forward. Hosseini tells us that abond so cherished and sought after, may not always be one of love, but one filled with pain andlonging.Baba has little emotional attachment to his sonearly on andbecauseof this emotionaldetachmentAmir is denied thefatherlyfigure neededin his life.Thisneglect and lack of fatherly interest created the problem prevalent throughout the entirestory, that is the need for a father’s loveand empathy. In his desperate attempt to win his father’s love, Amir makes the decision to lie and betray Hassan. The complexities of his decision is what moves the narrative forward.
Amir finds a ‘way to be good again’ and frees himself of guilt. Discuss
A ‘discuss’ type of promptis best tackled as a debate where you are using your skillatreasoning, backed up by carefully by selected evidence to make a case for and against an argument. In discussing your debate, you should point out the advantages and disadvantages of a given context, (in this caseby going back to Afghanistan and adoptingSohrab, Amir becomes good again).Remember to arriveata conclusion.Now let’s re – write this prompt: Amir is no longer guilty of his crime because he goes back toAfghnaistan,adoptsSohraband bring him back with him to the U.S.
Amir finds a ‘way to be good again’ and frees himself of guilt.Discuss Continue……
In‘TheKiteRunner’,KhaledHosseini presents his protagonist Amir as a complex character who is forced to face his nemesis in order to redeem himself. Amirbecomes good again by returning to Afghanistan and rescuingSohrab, who, he discovers is hisnephew.Since he had failed Hassan when they were both children, this is a form of redemption for him.In rescuingSohrab, Amirhas to not only faceAssefhis adversary but escape war torn Afghanistan and leave the country safely with the boy. In doing this, Amir risks his own life, the life ofSoharaband faces the demons of his past in doing so. By conquering his daemons and risking his own life in the process and finally adopting the son of his half brother, Amir finally frees himself of guilt.
How does masculinity play a central role inThe Kite Runner?
When answering a HOW question,present your argumentin a logical order, and with reference to relevant evidence thestagesand combination of factors that give rise to something.Now let’s re-write the prompt: Masculinity is one of the main drivers of the novel.
How does masculinity play a central role inThe Kite Runner? Continued…….
Sample IntroductionMasculinity is a major themein ‘The Kite Runner’.In fact, therearen't a lot of women inthe novel. Hosseinireally only spends timewriting abouttwowomen:Amir’s wifeand mother-in-law.Hosseini’s protagonist Amir, growsup in a household full ofmenand his father embodies a robustmasculinity. Amir challenges this traditional modelof manhood.Amir isn't the masculine Pashtun Baba wanted. He isn't a sports-playing, bear-hunting man of a boy.The novel asks some tough questions about what it really means to be an Afghan man – or a man in general – and ultimately embraces some ideas of traditional manliness. Amir’s desire to become the man and son Baba always wantedleads to disastrous consequences.