The Kite Runner Essay Prompts Directions:
Choose one of the following prompts to write a four paragraph, formal analytical essay.
1.Discuss how one character serves as a foil for another character. Then write an essay in which you analyze how the relation between the two illuminates the meaning of the work.
2.Often in literature, a character’s success in achieving goals depends on keeping a secret and divulging it only at the right moment, if at all. Because of the winter of 1975, Amir keeps a secret. In a well-organized essay, briefly explain his necessity for secrecy and how his choice to reveal or keep the secret affects the plot and contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.
3.In some works of literature, a character who appears briefly,or does not appear at all, is a significant presence that impacts another character. Write an essay in which you show how Amir’s mother, Sophia Akrami,functions in the work. You may wish to discuss how she affects action, theme, or the development of Amir.
4.In The Kite Runner some of the most significant events are mental or psychological; for example, awakenings, discoveries, changes in consciousness. In a well-organized essay, describe how the author manages to give these internal events the sense of excitement, suspense, and climax usually associated with external action.
5.Explain how Khaled Hosseini develops one major theme in The Kite Runner.
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