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In The Kite Runner, show with clear evidence from the work how the character's view...

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rockerzaraki | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) Honors

Posted February 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM via web

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In The Kite Runner, show with clear evidence from the work how the character's view of the past is used to develop a theme in the work.

Can anyone help me with the introductory paragraph for The Kite Runner? the topic is: choose a literary work in which a character views the past with such feelings as reverence, bitterness, or longing. show with clear evidence from the work how the character's view of the past is used to develop a theme in the work.

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mitchrich4199 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted February 19, 2011 at 7:22 PM (Answer #1)

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I think you can develop the theme of "atonement" using The Kite Runner. Amir is told by his father's friend, Rahim Khan that "there is a way to be good again" at the outset of the story. The entire story develops through Amir's attempt at and desire for atonement for what he did to Hassan, his Hazari "friend" and housemate.

For the question that you've asked, the structure of the story fits nicely. There is a prologue, or some such introduction in which we find out that the entire story will be told from past events. The conflict is offered in the beginning chapters; Hassan's brutal rape at the hands of Assef. It is set up in such a way that that the focus is on the guilt that Amir feels about not doing anything to help Hassan and then his continued abuse of Hassan through lies and psychological torment. It is only when Amir leaves Afghanistan that he realizes he should have done something about what happened, but even then, he goes reluctantly when offered the chance by Rahim Khan. Throughout the story, he wants atonement, but it is only when the chance is forced upon him that he actually makes the effort to atone for his misdeeds.

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