I need help defining characters in The Kite Runner.The kite tournament is a central event in the book. For this part of your assignment, you will create a three-dimensional “kite” to represent...

I need help defining characters in The Kite Runner.

The kite tournament is a central event in the book. For this part of your assignment, you will create a three-dimensional “kite” to represent one of the major characters. Your kite should be constructed of cardboard, posterboard, etc., and include any illustrations, colors, graphics, or other artistic elements you believe suit the character. (No, it doesn’t have to be capable of actual flight!) Your kite should:

  • Be a representation of a major character (Baba, Amir, Hassan, Soraya, Assef) and his or her development throughout the story.
  • Include one or two important quotations. (What has the character said that defines him or her?)
  • Include references to at least two important moments or events in the character’s life.
  • Include references to the character’s relationship to at least one other character.


You may use a combination of brief written descriptions or explanations, plus visual representations or symbols, on your kite. Your goal is to demonstrate your understanding of the character.


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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Tons of possibilities on this one. I will give you one idea, and perhaps other teachers will chime in -- then you can pick the one that appeals to you the most.

I would choose Baba. In my view, his character undergoes a lot of development throughout the story. Remember that he is a successful businessman in Afghanistan who has a rather distant relationship with his son Amir, and although he is also the biological father of the boy Hassan, he does not publicy acknowledge that Hassan is his son. He loves both boys, however, even though as a boy, Amir thinks that Baba loves Hassan (whom Amir thinks is a servant) better than he loves him.

I would make the kite with two sides. One side would represent Baba as he was in Afghanistan and the other side would represent Baba in California, where he is forced to work at a gas station pumping gas so Amir can finish school. Then, to show his relationship to both Hassan and Amir, I would make two tiny kites hanging down from the main one - you can use tinier pieces of cardboard, or some sort of ribbon material to fashion two separate "tails" that represent Amir and Hassan. Perhaps the "tail" or ribbon that represents Amir can be colorful -- something that stands out because Amir is the acknowledged son, and the tail that represents Hassan could be either black, indicating the absence of color, since Hassan is not acknowledged as Baba's son.

The two important moments could each relate to one part of Baba's life - perhaps in Afghanistan a time when he is socializing with his men friends, as he is very respected in the community and in California, perhaps the time when he speaks to Soraya's father about her marrying Amir. Depending on which illustrations you choose, this would determine the quotes.

Read the analysis of the novel here on eNotes for some inspiration and good luck!

teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Choose a character about whom you strongly feel.  When I read the novel, I appreciated Amir's honesty in telling his story, so if this were my assignment, I would choose him as the character of focus.  Amir grows and develops over the course of the story as he tries to define his character and atone for his past mistakes.  As an adult, Amir takes on the care of Sohrab as a way to make amends for betraying Hassan so many years ago.  At the very end of the novel, Amir asks Sohrab if he would like him to run his kite--Amir assumes the position of loyalty that Hassan had for him when they were young.  Amir says, "For you, a thousand times over," harkening back to his past.  Then he runs the kite for Sohrab.  Amir knows that he cannot alter the past, but he can continue to live as a better person in the present and future.  These ideas may be represented on a kite.

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