Tasks based on our excerpts from "The Kite Runner".
Character Analysis: Hassan
- Go to the first pages of Chapter 2 and take note of how the character of Hassan is presented to the reader. Write down keywords and direct quotations that describe Hassan's appearance and personality.
- Choose one quotation that in some way interests, surprises or even confuses you and discuss its meaning with a classmate.
- The author uses the phrase "Hassan the harelipped kite runner" to introduce the character of Hassan in the first chapter. Why do you think it was important to emphasise his physical appearance in this way?
Creative Task: The Kite as a Symbol
Imagine that you are a movie director, filming the opening scene of a movie that starts with the simple instruction: "A kite is flying in the air"
Give an outline two very different opening scenes:
- An opening scene that celebrates freedom, happiness and independence. Choose an appropriate song to emphasise your message.
- An opening scene that is low key, heavyhearted and sorrowful. Choose an appropriate song to emphasise your message.
In an interview with the newspaper The Guardian in 2013, Khaled Hosseini says "In Afghanistan, you don't understand yourself solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody. You are part of something bigger than yourself. The things that happen within families … I'm so fascinated by how people destroy each other and love each other."
How is this reflected in the excerpts you have just read?
Untitled by Imitiaz DharkerKjernestoff
Stick Figures by Shaun TanKjernestoff
Alert but not alarmed by Shaun TanKjernestoff
The Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniKjernestoff
Oliver Twist by Charles DickensKjernestoff
Romeo and Juliet: The Balcony SceneKjernestoff
The Selfish Giant by Oscar WildeKjernestoff
The Leaving by Budge WilsonKjernestoff
Into Exile by Joan LingardKjernestoff
Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs by Linda OlssonKjernestoff
Tasks: Oliver TwistKjernestoff
Tasks: The Moment Before the Gun Went OffKjernestoff
Tasks: Romeo and Juliet: The Balcony SceneKjernestoff
Tasks: Into ExileKjernestoff
Tasks: Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's CoatKjernestoff
Tasks: The Selfish GiantKjernestoff
Tasks: Let Me Sing You Gentle SongsKjernestoff