Hi, I have an upcoming major essay on 'The Secret River' by Khaled Hosseini. Beforehand we were given a few practice questions to do. One of these such questions goes like this: "Khaled Hosseini...

Hi,

I have an upcoming major essay on 'The Secret River' by Khaled Hosseini. Beforehand we were given a few practice questions to do. One of these such questions goes like this:

"Khaled Hosseini has created a novel that is culturally powerful and historically resonant. Discuss with reference to 'The Kite Runner'."

The instructions specifically state to include a thesis statement with a minimum of three supporting arguments (one paragraph each), however I am stumped. If possible could someone give a few examples of some thesis statements relating to that question. Hopefully that might get the cogs ticking a bit and get me started on my own ideas. This is something I need to do asap. Thanks heaps

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Looking at this prompt, you will naturally want to shape a thesis that picks up on some specific ways that Hosseini's novel deals with cultural and/or historical issues. You might also look to address the notion of "resonance" by comparing some of the ideas and themes of the novel to contemporary life in Afghanistan. 

To tie an essay together with a unifying, categorical notion, you might choose to write about rights in The Kite Runner. 

A thesis then could address the prompt in this way:

Khalid Hosseini's novel, The Kite Runner, examines issues of human rights and political freedom in ways that resonate with contemporary social challenges in Afghanistan. Specifically, the rights of children and orphans are explored in the novel alongside questions of personal political freedom in a context of strict religious rule and individual rights during periods of political unrest. 

The important point here is to find a way in to discussing the "issues" of the novel. These issues are most likely what the prompt is referring to as the culturally and historically resonant ideas in the novel. 

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