The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
 The Kite Runner by Khaled                        Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Six reader response journal entries; three for each novel.

Two character development charts.


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


  1. My first impression after reading the novel mainly on Hassan was on how the author described him. His perfect round face that is described to resemble a China doll. His face has a flattened nose and eyes that were narrow and slanting his eyes were of varying colors from sapphire, to gold or even green. He is described by the author to have a pointed chin. Hassan is said never to deny Amir anything he desired. The author paints a picture of a man who would go to the edge in order to assist a partner or friend.
  2. Hosseini uses a hyperbole in his descriptions of Baba. He tells of how the character wrestled a bear with no weapon but his bare hands. The story portrays baba as a strong individual. To drive the point home, the author indicates that had this story been of someone else the people would have dismissed it as untrue. The character is depicted in the novel to hold a lot of power and respect of all people. Everyone believes what he or she hears from him. The author further depicts him as a “Hurricane” who would uproot a willow tree or even kill the devil by his glare alone.
  3. The author shows greed in Amir who wants Baba all for himself. He avoids all cases of Hassan being present fearing he can impress Baba and snatch him away from him. As a reader, I understand that Amir is like an unwanted child who works exceedingly hard to please his father. To Baba, the only unlawful thing is theft and therefore what Amir has been learning in school is not helpful. He wishes to see Amir as businessperson or a wealthy man in the future.

Character Chart

Amir – the main character and narrator

Baba – Amir’s father, wealthy Afghani

Rahim Khan – Baba’s best friend and business partner Amir’s uncle

Hassan – Amir’s best friend and servant

Ali – Hassan’s father

Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews


  1. The term “Mennonite” to modern people, has differing meanings. However, according to the author, the area that provides the novels background is in Russia. It focuses on people from Mennonites in Manitoba. My understanding is that the author tries to paint a picture of a society that will give the readers a point to think about as they read her work.
  2. Naomi Nickel is portrayed as a protagonist in the novel. My attention was drawn by her curiosity and defiance. She gives me the idea of normal sixteen years old who is very inquisitive. Her nature is similar to other teenagers who often find themselves in conflict with the society they live in. she later learns that her sister ran away with her boyfriend which further drives her curiosity.
  3. The novel also gives me the picture of a family living in a village, where everyone is expected to do as those in authority tell them. Naomi becomes a victim of these beliefs where she has to conform or live in opposition with the society and her family. Her nature makes her a target of confrontations between hospital staff, her teacher Mr. Quiring and her father. Eventually her father gives her the freedom to do as the desires. The life of Naomi makes readers think of the sacrifices parents have to make. It also depicts what teenagers go through and the life lessons of their endeavors.

Character Chart

Naomi nickel also Nomi – main character and a protagonist

Raymond Nickel also ray – Naomi’s father who is reserved. Caught in conflict between family and society

Natasha nickel also Tash – Naomi’s older sister,

Travis – Naomi’s broadminded boyfriend

Hans Rosenfeldt – Naomi’s uncle, poster conservationist

Lydia Voth – Naomi’s friend from a conservative family


Hosseini, K. (2009). The kite runner.Review. London: Bloomsbury.

Toews, M. (2014). A complicated kindness.

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