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I need a sample of a thesis statment for The Kite Runner, please, if anyone can help I need a sample of a thesis statment for The Kite Runner, please, if anyone can help

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All the suggestions made above are valuable and helpful. You may also want to consider trying to explain why you find the book effectively written and artistically compelling.  In other words, what makes this book worth reading as a piece of skillful writing rather than as a discussion of ideas.  If the author had simply intended to discuss ideas, he could easily have written an essay.  Why, instead, did he choose to create a novel with plot, characters, setting, imagery, structure, etc. How skillfully did he handle these aspects of novel-writing?  You might even want to choose just one chapter, or one paragraph, and analyze that chapter or that paragraph as a piece of effective writing.

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I would probably concentrate on the theme of atonement, and how a person's past sins and negative actions can eventually be resolved. Amir was able to clear his conscience somewhat after his return to Afghanistan to recover Sohrab. Additionally, as he matured, he was able to establish a better...

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A thesis statement needs to state the important idea that you want the reader to have after reading your essay. It should also show the reader what points you want to make to support that idea.  Let me give you an few example, and then we can look at some possibilities for The Kite Runner in particular.

If I were writing a literary analysis of "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson, a story you might have read, the main idea I might want my reader to have is that people should not blindly follow tradition.  So, here is a thesis statement I might create:

In "The Lottery," readers believe that this is a lovely little village, following a quaint tradition, but after reading the shocking ending, the reader can think back and see that the setting, the characters, and the action of the story are all showing us that traditions can be horrifying and evil.

Notice my main idea, that traditions can be horrifying and evil.  Notice also that I have listed three ways I am going to support my main idea, giving my reader a preview of my paper, a way to follow along with me as I write.

Now, The Kite Runner has many powerful themes, and it might be difficult to choose among them. For instance, there are important ideas about fathers and sons, about friendship, about class differences, and about redemption.  Let's take the theme of redemption and look at a possible thesis statement.

Redemption is essentially what Amir is told, that he has a chance "to be good again."  This theme is reflected first, through Amir's poor choices to not defend his friend and then to manipulate events to further harm his friend.  Finally, he acts to redeem himself.  So here is a thesis statement I might right, expressing those points:

The theme of redemption is set at the outset of The Kite Runner, and weaves its way through Amir's two betrayals of Assef and his efforts to redeem himself in the rescue of Assef's son.

Now the reader knows the theme to be explored and how the dicussion is going to support that theme, through the events that take place in the novel.

There are many possibilities for a thesis for a good paper on this wonderful novel.  Make a list of themes that you might want to discuss and then try to fashion a thesis statement out of one of them.

I think you meant too say in your examle that Amir betrays Hassan not Assef. 

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oh I am doing the same thing. What I did was one abous sin and redemption and how it is often portrayed in the book if that will help you :)