What is the "Invited Reading" of The Kite Runner?

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The phrase "invited reading" is a rather loosely-based term that can offer several different meanings. (Your teacher may have given you a definition or explained his/her own interpretation of the term.) In one sense, an invited reading occurs when an author or reader is invited to read aloud one of his works. Within the context of a novel or poem, an invited reading is the message which the author intends for the reader to receive; it is often of a secondary nature, different from the main interpretation. It may also be termed an "alternative reading" (or "alternate reading"), in which the reader is expected to interpret a section that is different from the main, or dominant, reading of the work. Examples of invited readings in The Kite Runner can be found in many of the interior monologues within the story (usually passages marked in italics). Additionally, the imagery and symbolism found in the kite-flying scenes provide not only the dominant reading of happiness and camaraderie in the early scenes, but also the invited interpretation of atonement and redemption found at the end when Amir runs the kite for Sohrab.

 

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