Read Khaled Hosseini's novel, The Kite Runner, take thematic notes in response to the reading, and write a formal essay to be handed in on__________________________.
The "theme" of a novel can be defined as the underlying "message" or "main point" which the work presents and tries to communicate to the reader. Directions: In order to prepare to write a well-supported, cohesive formal essay, it is essential that you take notes on the reading. As you read the novel, concentrate your efforts on looking for references to specific themes and recording them along with your thoughts and reactions on The Kite Runner Chart. Some of the themes you could look at include: 1. Loss of innocence and coming of age
2. Redemption of the human spirit
3. Social evils and the pain of war
4. People's inner conflicts
5. The destructive power of jealousy and insecurity
6. The lingering impact of guilt
Choose one theme from the list and gather quotes for each. Record these passages with their page numbers. Your important quotes can illustrate any of the following: • how characters grow and change over the course of the novel, both in their attitudes and their outlook on life and what you think these changes illustrate about human tendencies or why people act certain ways. • how the author uses symbolism and conflict to reveal larger ideas about human nature and how the topics and themes mentioned above connect to the characters. • how character actions, events, and ideas provide insight into larger truths about how people tend to act.
What, in your opinion, is the main theme of the book The Kite Runner? Explain your answer clearly, making specific references to the text. Your formal essay must be 800-100 words, in standard 12-point font with one-inch margins. Use a thesis sentence in the introduction and then use direct quotes from the novel in your final essay. Support your opinion with well-developed...