Category Archives: The Kite Runner
Here’s a copy of the PowerPoint I used in class:
Here’s another Powerpoint to help you revise “The Kite Runner”
Here is the first round of Kite Runner presentations to help with your revision:
1. How has the relationship between Amir and Hassan changed in this chapter?
2. Who else does a chasm develop between in this chapter?
3. What is unexpected about Rahim Khan’s reaction to the re-telling of the kite fighting victory?
4. What does Amir ask his father? What does this question tell us about Amir, and the response tell us about his father?
5. What is an insomniac and why is this significant?
6. Why does Rahim Khan tell the story about Homaira?
7. Consider how Hosseini ends this chapter. What is the significance of the final sentence?
Make sure you’re up to speed with the first section of the novel. Here’s a link to some summary notes:
Here’s a copy of the mind maps that we made in class for this section:
- What do the word choice and imagery on p.11 reveal about Amir’s attitude to Baba?
- What does Baba’s endeavour to build an orphanage tell us about him?
- Amir reveals that with admiration for Baba, comes fear and a sense of inadequacy. How is this sense of inadequacy shown throughout the chapter? List as many examples as you can.
- Write down what Baba’s view of sin is. (p.16) How does this influence Amir’s actions later in the story?
- “The least I could have done was to have had the decency to have turned out a little more like him. But I hadn’t turned out like him. Not at all.” (p.19) In what way can this statement be seen as ironic?
- “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.” (p.20) How does this become an important quotation in the book?
Chapter 2 introduces character in setting.
- Compile a table listing the characteristics of Amir and Hassan outlined in the chapter.
- What initial impression are we given of Amir and Hassan’s early childhood?
- What is suggested about the relationship between Baba and Amir?
- How are the fates of Amir and Hassan shown to be linked?
- How is the ill-treatment of the Hazara race revealed in this chapter?
- What phrase on p9 sums up Hassan’s nature?
- What is the significance of each boy’s first word?
Use the following questions to explore the effectiveness of the novel’s opening chapter:
- What is the effect of the phrase “the past claws its way out”?
- What impression of setting is given in chapter 1? Use words and phrases to back up your ideas.
- What theme is introduced and how is it conveyed?
- How can kites be seen as symbolic even at this early stage?
- Comment on the narrative style of the opening
- What do we learn about character from the first chapter?
- What is the “hook” of this introduction?