**SPOILER ALERT**Do not read on if you are yet to finish reading the novel!
A summary of our discussion in today’s lesson:
Do you think Amir ever redeems himself?
In many ways, The Kite Runner could be classified as a bildungsroman – a novel that charts the journey of Amir from childhood to adulthood, and explores the emotional and physical aspects of this journey towards maturity.
Is Amir at the end of his journey at the end of the novel? In many ways, the end is a new beginning. A beginning for Sohrab, as well as for Amir. He hasn’t reached the end of his journey. Has he redeemed himself? Or has he just begun the process of redemption? Perhaps his adoption of Sohrab the beginning of a lifetime of redemption…
The last sentence is interesting in this respect: ‘I ran’. Here, Amir seems to be adopting a new…
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The novel’s opening establishes a highly personal, intimate first person narrative voice that has distinctive qualities. It is very much a speaking voice, with fragmented sentences (‘Because the past claws its way out’) that lend it an informal, conversational quality. It is also serious and reflective in tone: ‘I became what I am today…’ and ‘I thought of the life I had lived…’ are pensive, perhaps heavy. We may sense a cathartic quality beneath the surface of the language, as if the narrator is somehow cleansing himself of past events through the act of storytelling.
Secondly, there are a number of unanswered questions posed by the beginning, most obviously: What was it that happened on that day in the winter of 1975? How did it ‘change everything’? The answers are hinted at; we can infer from the ‘overcast’ and ‘frigid’ weather that it was a negative experience, and the mention…
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Dear years 10 and 11,
Below is a link to a ‘Recommended Reading List’, containing a variety of books we think are brilliant. So if you’re stuck for something to read at home, the books on this list are a good place to start.
We would love you to add your own recommendations to the list. You can either add a ‘comment’ to this post, containing the author and title of the book you want to recommend, or e mail these to me: email@example.com.
Hello! Your homework for Friday, 6th February is:
In what ways does ‘What has Happened to Lulu?’ connect to some of the other poems in the Anthology? Choose TWO other poems, ONE of which should be ‘Cousin Kate’ or ‘Sweet 18’.
Here is a start, just to get you going…
‘What has Happened to Lulu?’ shares the theme of the end of childhood with several other poems, such as ‘Cousin Kate’. Like Rossetti, Causley writes a ballad (a poem that tells a story) about a young girl who leaves her childhood behind – literally and emotionally. ‘Cousin Kate’ gives a lot more details than ‘Lulu’ – for example, we know who the narrator runs away with and what happens next. In contrast, Causley’s poem is more ambiguous, giving us clues about what has happened but leaving a lot of unanswered questions.