Kite Runner

In: English and Literature

Submitted By drythiz
Words 577
Pages 3
Summer Reading
The Kite Runner response
Due Friday, August 21, beginning of class
Three pages, double-spaced
Hand in paper copy, submit a copy to Blackboard

Below are three prompts from past AP Literature and Composition tests. Choose one of them and apply it to The Kite Runner in a three-page, double-spaced essay. Use evidence from the text to support your ideas (this can come in the form of quotations or references to scenes in the book.) Do not rely upon summative sources such as Spark Notes.

Grading Criteria:
There is a grading rubric in the Summer Reading folder for you to consult describing the grading standards for this paper.
A word on how to avoid the most common mistake for this type of paper: This is a textual analysis, not a summary. Do not simply summarize the story again—write about the important aspects of the story that the prompt requests. There is a sample outline at the end of this document to illustrate how you can structure your paper so you stick with the prompt.

Prompt #1
Critic Roland Barthes has said, “Literature is the question minus the answer.” Considering Barthes’ observation, write an essay in which you analyze a central question The Kite Runner raises and the extent to which it offers answers. Explain how the author’s treatment of this question affects your understanding of the work as a whole.

Prompt #2
Describe how a minor character in your novel serves as a foil, or opposite, to the main character. Then describe how the relationship between the minor character and the major character illuminates the meaning of the work.

Prompt #3
In great literature, no scene of violence exists for its own sake. Find a violent scene (or scenes) in The Kite Runner and explain how they illuminate the meaning of the novel.

A Sample Outline
Below is an example illustrating how prompt...