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What are the similarities between the novel, The Kite Runner and The Great Gatsby?

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Posted January 23, 2011 at 3:09 AM via web

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What are the similarities between the novel, The Kite Runner and The Great Gatsby?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 24, 2011 at 3:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Both novels are coming of age stories that involve the maturation of the major characters - Jem and Scout and Amir. Both novels are narrated in the first person by the main character of the story. Both novels involve family relationships. Both novels have a father as a main character (although Atticus and Baba are quite different). Both novels involve characters who learn important lessons about life and themselves and both novels have local color. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the local color involves a small town in the southern United States and in The Kite Runner, the local color involves Afghanistan and later, California.

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