Kite Runner Essay

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"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini : Historical, Political and Cultural Contexts Project Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of Refresher Course in Comparative Literature By N. SHAMNAD Lecturer, Department of Arabic University College, Thiruvananthapuram - 34 UGC – ACADEMIC STAFF COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF KERALA 2010 2 DECLARATION I, N. Shamnad, do here by declare that this project entitled “The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Historical, Political and Cultural Contexts” has not been submitted by me for the award of any degree, diploma, title or recognition before. N. Shamnad Kariavattom 25 January 2010 3 "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini : Historical, Political and Cultural Contexts CONTENTS Title Page No. 1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 The Kite Runner Objectives of the study Introduction Khaled Hosseini – Biography Plot of the Novel: The Kite Runner Characters Reception of the Novel Controversies The Kite Runner : Film Key Literary Elements 4 4 4 5 5 8 11 11 12 12 2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Contexts of "The Kite Runner" Historical events of Afghanistan Ethnic Diversity in Afghanistan Historical and Political Contexts of "The Kite Runner" Cultural Contexts of "The Kite Runner" Conclusion 14 14 15 16 18 19 3 Sources 20 4 1 The Kite Runner The Kite Runner is an English novel by the San Francisco-based Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books, it is Hosseini's first novel which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide1. It was a no.1 New York Times best seller. The Kite Runner was adapted into a highly-acclaimed feature film directed by Mark Forster (Monsters Ball, Finding Neverland) with screenplay by David Benioff (Troy) which was released worldwide in December 2007. 1.1 • • • • • Objectives of the Study

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