I have added an extract from Toby’s essay on The KIte Runner. To read the whole essay go to the Year 12 page. What do you think of the essay?
Analyse how one character’s attempts to solve a problem were important to the text as a whole.
“I ran.” The decision made by the protagonist Amir, in Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, creates a conflict between Amir and his best friend Hassan, a Hazara. But the true conflict of the novel lies within Amir himself: the conflict between Amir, and his conscience. Amir’s extreme guilt carries through into his new life, forcing him to confront the demons of his past. It is paramount that Amir atones for his past sins, as the reader also feels trapped by Amir’s guilt. The reader yearns for Amir to make things right, because it is evident that he is still haunted by his decision.