Year 11 English
Prelim Assessment Task
Welcome to the show Khaled. Before we begin the interview proper I would like the listeners to hear an excerpt from the novel. When it is finished, could you explain how this scene sets up some of the characters and themes of the novel? KHALED:
Good morning and thank you. These particular few pages of my novel, The Kite Runner, hold some of the most important parts regarding character and theme set up. One of the first apparent themes is the book is the tension and delicate relationship that exists between father and son. In the excerpt I show the reader that Baba is unimpressed with Amir. He feels that there is something wrong with Amir; he infers that Amir is a coward. This is revealed when Amir overhears the conversation between Rahim Khan and Baba. They are discussing Baba’s disillusion with his son, Baba says “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who won’t stand up to anything.” At this moment Baba is keeping his true feelings hidden, which only serves to heighten Amir’s feeling of inadequacy. This theme runs throughout the book and causes a lot of complication. The reader also learns of the Loyalty and Devotion to Hassan to Amir. This is shown by Baba’s comment, “You know what always happens when the neighbourhood boys tease him? Hassan steps in and fends them off... I say ‘How did Hassan get that scratch on his face?’ and Amir says ‘He fell down.’” Man’s inhumanity to man is another theme I expose in the excerpt. The reader is told of a game called ‘Buzkashi’. This extremely violent game, played on horseback, sees men killed in a power struggle for an animal carcass. In this scene, after seeing a man killed, Amir begins crying. He continues crying all the way home. ‘I remember how Baba’s hands clenched the steering wheel. Clenched and unclenched. Mostly, I will never forget Baba’s valiant efforts to conceal the disgusted look on his face as he drove in silence.’ The setup of the...
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