Student PowerPoint presentations on the chapters of the book



Chapters 11 and 12 and 23

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Chapter 15 Chloe


Alex 21 and 22 chapters

The Kite Runner – Chapter 24

How does Islamabad compare with Kabul?

Islamabad is a better city that Kabul, especially after how badly Kabul had been ruined by the Taliban, with buildings, houses and roads totally destroyed and with homeless people everywhere in the streets. Islamabad is described as ‘the city Kabul could have become someday.’ This sentence is emotive as the word ‘could’ suggests that there may never be a chance for Kabul to improve. Islamabad had ‘wider streets’, which were ‘cleaner and lined with rows of hibiscus and flame trees.’ It also says ‘The bazaars were more organized and not nearly as clogged with rickshaws and pedestrians. The architecture was more elegant too, more modern, and I saw parks where roses and jasmine bloomed in the shadows of trees.’ This shows that Islamabad had not been affected badly by the Taliban especially in comparison to the terrible things that they had done in Kabul.[F1]

Where is Sohrab found?

Sorab is found outside the Shah Faisal Mosque; ‘We found him about a hundred yards from the mosque, sitting in the half-full parking lot, on an island of grass.’ Sorab may have gone to the Mosque as he thought it was fascinating and wanted to come and look at it, or because it reminded him of this father, Hassan. ‘”Father took me to the Blue Mosque,” Sohrab said. “I remember there were so many pigeons outside the masjid, and they weren’t afraid of people. They came right up to us. Sasa gave me little pieces of naan and I fed the birds. Soon, there were pigeons cooing all around me. That was fun.’ This happy memory of his Hassan and Hassan’s mother related to the Mosque, and sitting there looking at it may have helped him to feel happy and closer to the family that he had lost. It may have made him remember the day more clearly, and may have helped him to forget and escape from the reality of his life as an orphan.[F2]

Why does Sohrab feel sinful in the face of God?

Sorab firstly feels guilty for shooting Assef in the eye with the slingshot. ‘Will God…” he began, and choked a little. “Will God put me in hell for what I did to that man?”’ He worries that what he did was a sin as even though Assef had done much worse, and even though Sorab was defending Amir, he believed he was wrong to hurt someone, as Hassan had always told him that it was wrong to hurt people, even if they were bad. Sorab also feels sinful in the face of God because of the things that Assef and the other Taliban men had done to him whilst he had been with them. ‘I don’t want them to see me… I’m so dirty.” He sucked in his breath and let it out in a long, wheezy cry. “I’m so dirty and full of sin.”’ ‘”–they did things… the bad man and the other two… they did things… did things to me.”’ Sorab feels that he is also guilty because of what they did to him, despite the fact that he had no choice and could not avoid what happened to him.[F3]

How does Amir form a bond with Sohrab?

Amir bonds with Sorab as when he reaches out for Sorab and the boy moves away, Amir pulls back and ensures him that he is safe and that nothing bad will happen to him. ‘I touched his arm again and he drew away. I reached again, gently, and pulled him to me. “I won’t hurt you,” I whispered. “I promise.” He resisted a little. Slackened. He let me draw him to me and rested his head on my chest.’ Sorab is cautious of people and due to the abuse that he had from Assef, he is scared and untrusting when Amir tried to comfort him. However, by letting himself fall into Amir’s arms we see that he has begun to trust him, and that a bond forms between them. As well as this, the bond forms between the two of them due to the fact that they had shared the experience with Assef together, and that by looking after each other they had made it out of Assef’s room alive. ‘A kinship exists between people who’ve fed from the same breast. Now, as the boy’s pain soaked through my shirt, I saw that a kinship had taken root between us too. What had happened in that room with Assef had irrevocably bound us.’ The word ‘irrevocably’ is powerful as it shows that the bond between them is irreversible and because of what they have experienced, it can never be broken.

Why is Amir’s phone call to Soraya important? What does he confess?

Amir’s phone call to Soraya is important as for the first time he confesses everything about his past; about the fact that he saw Hassan get raped but did nothing to stop it, and the fact that because of his own guilt he framed Hassan for stealing from him and got him sent away. ‘Then I did what I hadn’t done in fifteen years of marriage: I told my wife everything. Everything. I had pictured this moment so many times, dreaded it, but, as I spoke, I felt something lifting off my chest. I imagined Soraya had experienced something very similar the night of our khastegari, when she’d told me about her past.’ We see that being with Sorab, Amir’s only link to Hassan, had made him feel as if he needed to be honest about what he had hidden for so long. The fact that he felt ‘something lifting off his chest’ shows that he is doing the right thing in the process of repaying his sins and becoming a good person again.[F5]

What obstacles are placed in his way in his wish to adopt Sohrab? Who is Raymond Andrews and how does Amir treat him? How does the writer create complexity here?

When trying to adopt Sohrab, Amir faces the problem that he has no proof that Sohrab is actually an orphan; ‘your petition faces significant obstacles, not the least of which is that this child is not an orphan.’ He also faces the problem that ‘We don’t have an American embassy in Kabul’, so it is almost impossible for Afghan children to be adopted into America. Raymond Andrews is the man that Amir speaks to about the possibility of taking Sohrab to America. He was ‘a short fellow with small hands, nails perfectly trimmed, wedding band on the ring finger.’ Amir treats him relatively poorly, as he automatically tells Amir to ‘give up’ with his attempts to take Sohrab, and doesn’t appear to offer any helpful suggestions. The writer, however, creates complexity to the character of Raymond Andrews, as we find out that ‘He hasn’t been the same since his daughter died.” The fact that he has had a child himself makes it seem confusing that he would show little compassion to Amir, but it also suggests that his abrupt nature about the adoption stems from his own grief and loss.[F6]

Why does Sohrab attempt suicide?

Sohrab attempts suicide because Amir tells him that one way to help with the adoption would be to send him back to an orphanage for a while, despite the fact that Amir had told him he would never have to go back. “Home for kids?” he said, his smile fading. “You mean an orphanage?” “It would only be for a little while.””No,” he said. “No, please.” Sohrab goes to take a bath, and when Amir goes into the room he finds Sohrab with a blade and covered in blood as he as attempted to kill himself. ‘Suddenly I was on my knees, screaming. Screaming through my clenched teeth. Screaming until I thought my throat would rip and my chest explode.’ Amir is shocked and horrified by what Sohrab has done, but we can see that this extreme reaction was due to the awful experience that he had had at the orphanage, especially after they had allowed Assef to take him.[F7]

What do you think about Amir in this chapter?

I think that in this chapter Amir furthers his attempts to do the right thing and do right by Sohrab, which to him means that he is doing right by Hassan. The fact that he attempts to adopt Sohrab shows how he cares about him, and I empathized with them when the prospect of the adoption was rejected. Also, I felt sorry for him when he had to tell Sohrab that he had to go back to an orphanage. I think he knew it would be a bad idea but he also knew that he had to do whatever was necessary to be able to better Sohrab’s life in the long run. I also felt that, before Sohrab attempted to kill himself, the two of them had begun to have a better relationship and that Sohrab had shown more happiness. I think this also made Amir happy, as he felt that his trip to Afghanistan was actually going to be a success. This furthers the empathy for him when he finds Sohrab in the bath. I felt that he must feel he is to blame for this, as he was the one who told Sohrab that he would have to be put back into an orphanage.[F8]


This is an excellent effort; you have found some excellent passages which really back up your points, and you have begun to make some superb points. However, you need to use the systematic framework to analyse the language in more depth.

 [F1]Analyse the effect of the language in more depth here, how the author is building up a sense of different worlds.

 [F2]Good quotation, and point, but perhaps analyse the effect of the language

 [F3]Perhaps analyse the way in which the author builds up a sense of pathos and outrage in the reader here.

 [F4]Good point, but develop by analysing the rest of the passage.

 [F5]Yes, this is very important in how Ami develops as a person in the novel.

 [F6]This could be explained a little more clearly and in more detail.

 [F7]Good point, perhaps analyse the effect of the language as well.

 [F8]Yes, and what does the reader feel towards Ami at this point; anger?

Answers to Chapter 8, with teacher comments

How is Hassan presented in this chapter?
Hassan is presented in this chapter as fragile and compassionate. In this chapter we realise how kind Hassan is and how important Amir is to him. Even though Amir did not help Hassan during the extreme violence Assef instructed on him he still reaches out to him and attempts to rekindle their friendship.[F1]

Why does Amir resent his father’s concern about Hassan’s illness?
Amir is so upset and angry when his father, Baba, is so concerned about Hassan’s illness as he is extremely jealous of the attention that Hassan is getting from Baba[F2] . Constantly Amir craves for his father’s attention and when Hassan, a servant, gets more attention than his own son he gets irritated at his father and especially Hassan.

How do we know that Amir is feeling very guilty?
The reader can tell that Amir is feeling very guilty as he distances himself completely from Hassan. He does this so that the memories of the horrific event and his cowardness[F3]  are not reminded. Additionally, he tries to make Hassan hit him so that the guilt of what he had done is decreased, “Get up! Hit me!” [F4] Amir even asks his father to get rid of the servants, Hassan and Ali so that he is not constantly reminded of the event that happened.

In what ways is Amir an anti-hero?
Anti-hero: a central character in a story, film, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes.
Amir is the protagonist in the book as the story is from his perspective and is in first person. However, chapter 7 reveals Amir as a coward, selfish and attention seeking. [F5] These qualities which are presented are the opposite of a typical heroic figure, therefore he is shown as a anti-hero.

Baba is impressed by Assef. Why? What present does Assef give Amir and what does he do with it?
Assef is seen from others especially older people such as Baba as a strong, powerful, determined and manly figure. These qualities are what Baba desires in a son of his own. However, Amir does not possess these qualities. The present that Assef gives to Amir is an autobiography of Hitler which Amir throws in the bin. This is important in the book as the biography symbolises the cruel and psychopathic person that Assef is. The extreme, evil ideas that Hitler has reflects the thoughts of Assef.[F6]

Why does the chapter end by talking about Amir’s sin?
The chapter ends by talking about Amir’s sin as even at his own birthday party where he should feel safe and be having fun; he is still distancing himself and still constantly remembers the rape and the guilt. This is reinforced by Hassan serving drinks to Assef. He continuously has to remember how he was a coward and left Hassan there.[F7]


 [F1]Good point, but you need textual evidence to support your points.

 [F2]Find textual evidence to support this point, and analyse it.


 [F4]You could analyse this.

 [F5]Find textual evidence to support this point, and analyse it.

 [F6]Good point

 [F7]Find textual evidence to support this point, and analyse it.

Chapter 7 of The Kite Runner — answers and teacher comments

What is the significance of Hassan’s dream?

The significance of Hassan’s dream is that it symbolises the strong friendship and teamwork that Hassan and Amir will show in the Kite Tournament. As well as this, the dream reinforces how much Hassan trusts and depends on Amir as he follows him into the water which exaggerates the contrast between the two characters. Additionally, the moment in the dream where they realize that there is no monster is ironic as later Amir presents himself as the true monster as he shows selfish and cowardly aspects.

How does the writer generate excitement and suspense in his descriptions of the kite tournament?
Hosseini uses post modifying adjectives such as “the streets glistened” and “sky was blameless blue” to create a beautiful image for the audience therefore setting the scene. As well as this, Hosseini uses language techniques such as similes to emphasise the excitement and suspense of the kite tournament for example, “two dozen kites already hung in the sky, like paper sharks roaming for prey.” [F1] This suggests that like the other kites, Amir and Hassan will also be prey. This foreshadows the events later to follow in this scene when Hassan is seen as prey in the eyes of Assef.

What figurative language does the writer use to describe the kites?
The figurative language of “paper sharks roaming for prey” suggests the true feelings of Amir and his personal fright for the acceptance Amir desires from his father. [F2] As well as this, Hosseini describes the kites as ‘shooting stars’. The simile represents the confidence Amir develops as he excels at the competition and recognises that Baba will finally be proud of him when he wins.

How does Assef taunt Hassan?
One way in which Assef taunts Hassan is how he constantly refers to him as a Hazara. He portrays Hassan as this as he realises that he will not fight back as he is vulnerable and inferior to himself. As well as this, Assef refers to Hassan as a ‘dog’ therefore de-humanizing him and treating Hassan as inferior to himself. However, the rape is the crucial taunt as it thieves himself of his innocence and previous friendly, brave persona.

Why does the narrative become fragmented and dream-like when discussing the violence wrought upon Hassan by Assef?
The narrative becomes dream-like when discussing the violence brought upon Hassan as it exaggerates how dramatic and unnatural the event is. The metaphor “I cry for help but the wind drowns my cries” emphasize the distraught atmosphere in the event as it suggests that he is powerless over the situation happening. This is also reinforced by the simile “hope fading like my footprints”. This supports the image of a terrifying, hopeless event happening[F3] .

How are Hassan, Amir and Assef presented in the “rape” scene?
Hassan: Vulnerable, brave, defenseless, violated
Amir: Coward, weak,
Assef: Cruel, evil, viscous, twisted[F4]

Why does Amir find it difficult to accept his own behaviour?
Amir finds it difficult to accept his own behaviour as he is unsure of the reason of why he ran and left Hassan there. He wishes that he did it because he was a coward and frightened of what Assef would do to him yet he thinks he may have done it purely for the prize of Baba’s pride.[F5]

Your answers show a good understanding of the story, but you need to “PEE” in more depth, and provide more analysis of the language to take your work a step higher.

 [F1]Analyse the effect of this simile??

 [F2]Possibly, but I think there are other interpretations as well on this .

 [F3]You need to analyse the author’s techniques here in more depth

 [F4]You need to “PEE” here, providing textual evidence and analysis.

 [F5]Again, find quotation to back up your points, and analyse the author’s techniques.

Answers to questions on Chapter 21

Alex Murphy – Chapter 21


What does Amir think of his childhood home?

Amir now has two views of his home town (present and past). Both of these tenses vary greatly as one is compared to the other. The present is perceived to be run-down, and filled with violence by Amir. He describes a restaurant in the modern day ‘Pashtuninan Square’ to be “Still stranding”- suggesting he doubted the existence of the structure due to war. He also says “the windows shattered and the letters K and R missing from its name”. Amir finally remarks on the most violent aspect of this scene, “There had been a Hanging”. This further shows the state of Amir’s home town to be violence ridden and decaying. The latter, (past) is shown in italics and presented as flashbacks- prompted by the recognition of certain ‘Landmarks’. For example, the pink house at the end of Amir’s former road sparked memories of happier times in Kabul. Happier times such as the day Hassan and Amir captured a turtle and wheeled it in a wagon- around the circular redbrick driveway; now described as weed ridden. Amir has shown two sides of his former dwelling. One dusty, decaying and dangerous- the other safe, filled with childhood happiness and cultured.  [F1]

What does the squalid hotel tell us about what has happened to Afghanistan?

The hotel, with a cracked toilet and no hot running water- shows the decline in basic hygiene necessities- and their reintroduction as luxuries for the privileged. The fact even $75 would not buy hot running water and a decent toilet further accentuates the inflation in Afghanistan’s currency, and the lack of common aspects of any living space that may have existed in the country 20 years earlier (before Taliban rule). A ‘dried blood stain on the wall behind the bed’ further instils the ruining theme of violence in present day Afghanistan and shows how normal it is to be found in generic places such as hotels- considering cleaning it is not a matter of urgency for the housekeeping staff (if said staff even exist).      [F2]

What does Amir see on the way to the Ghazi stadium? How do the Talib treat people?

An insight into the treatment of the people of Afghanistan (young or old) comes in the form of a remark from Farid- after a young boy offers ‘Sexy Pictures’ to the pair. [F3] He says the Taliban will give him a ‘flogging that will wake his father in the grave’. This shows the strict rule the government impose- and that even children are beaten for selling pictures of women without head scarves or burkas on.

What happens at the Ghazi stadium?

Amir is faced with a surprisingly common occurrence in modern day Kabul – public execution. A man and a woman are lead from red pickup trucks , to two deep holes dug at the south end of the soccer pitch. The pretence to murder is religiously themed and carried out by a Taliban member/soldier. He says ‘We are here today to carry out justice” and “God says every sinner must be punished in a manner befitting his sin.”. These religious readings of Shri’a (Islamic Law), later lead to the murder of the man and woman accused of adultery. The murder is committed by stoning and carried out by a bearded man in sunglasses – Amir is looking for- as he has Soharb.

What techniques does the writer use to convey the horror and violence which occur at the Ghazi Stadium?

The author uses animal imagery to convey the similarity in screams of horror. He describes the scream from the soon to be deceased woman as ‘the cry of a wild animal trying to pry its leg free from the bear trap’. This metaphor not only links to the barbaric nature of animals, but also impending death and harm. Hosseini also uses the audience in the stadium as a dramatic device- each ‘OH’ from said spectators conveys shocked expression and also horror. [F4]


Lots of great points, and perceptive ones too; now you need to be more thorough in your use of the systematic framework, making sure that you look carefully at the ways in which Hosseini uses language.

 [F1]Lots of good points, now think about Hosseini’s techniques, how Amir is a literary construct which enables Hosseini to explore his thoughts about Afghanistan.

 [F2]Yes, now use the systematic framework to analyse what is happening in the language.

 [F3]This also suggests that the Taliban have created a world where things have become taboo and therefore ironically more valuable…

 [F4]A good start but you could use the systematic framework to analysis the effect of the nouns, verbs, adjectives, syntax, phonology etc.

Chapter 20 of The Kite Runner (The Return to Kabul) answering all 8 questions

During the journey back to Kabul (where Amir grew up) Farid warns Amir of the state in which Kabul is in. Hosseini uses material verbs [F1] through the character of Amir such as ‘charred’ remains of a tiny village; ‘burned’ carcasses of soviet tanks and a ‘crushed’ Russian jeep.  The use of material verbs describe the state of ‘what used to be’ villages, which tells the audience that Kabul has been left derelict and uncared for in comparison from our memories of Kabul at the start of the book when Amir was young. [F2] [F3] 

The character of Amir occasionally talks in the past tense indicating to the audience he is recollecting on his memories of events which have already happened. At this moment in the books Amir says ‘I was seeing it through Farids eyes’. The preposition of the word ‘it’ regards Kabul and how at last Amir is accepting Kabul for what it really is. This is a great metaphor as Amir is not literally looking through Farids eye. The use of this metaphor makes the audience realise that Amir is now seeing Kabul in the way Farid had warned it was like and can now fully appreciate what has happening to Kabul just as Farid already has. [F4]

Amir notices that his home town has been demolished; trees cut down and how shops that were once there have been destroyed. Hosseini uses a simple sentence which starts a paragraph where the characters near a village called Jadeh Maywand. The simple sentence; ‘Rubble and Beggars’ puts into to perspective the first thing that Amir had noticed suggesting to the audience that this is what the village of Jadeh Maywand is now the complete opposite of what it once had been. The character of Amir uses the past tense to talk to Farid about how he remembers the village, ‘there used to be shops, ‘I used to buy kites’. The word ‘used’ is an idiom which the audience can identify as the past tense showing how Amir remembers the village; this also shows the audience how much the Taliban have influenced the village by ruining it.[F5]

The character of Farid tells Amir of how cruel the Taliban can be by telling him of how they killed a bicycle repairman and his family along with burning their home. This short story spoken through the character of Farid is deliberately put in by Hossieni as it demonstrates a reason why the audience should dislike the Taliban as it makes you feel sorry for the innocent man who was killed along with his family for no apparent reason.

Hossieni through the character of Amir compares the town to a sandcastle, ‘Jadeh Maywand had turned into a giant sandcastle’. This metaphor compares the town to being a castle made of sand which can easily be ruined by the sea; in this case the sea is the Taliban who can easily destroy houses within the town. The use of this metaphor shows the audience how weak the town is compared the Taliban who are so strong. Hosseini through Amir describes what has happened to the blocks in Kabul; ‘Blocks had been obliterated’. The adverb ‘obliterated’ enhances the fact they had been destroyed not just knocked down which highlights again to the audience how desolated the city is. [F6]

The city is also compared to as an ‘old friend’ by Amir which is ‘homeless and destitute’ this is a personification comparing it to a friend rather than a city. [F7] This shows that Kabul has been on his mind and now that he has re-visited his ‘friend’ he has seen it has been stolen of its character houses, money, pride and possessions by the Taliban.

Whilst in Kabul Amir meets a beggar who was a literature professor who knew his mother Sofia Akram.  Amir is shocked to hear that someone like him is now a beggar who would have been valued when Amir lived there. This, you could say, is another deliberate occurrence added by Hosseini to highlight to the audience how Kabul has changed and how it has affected the people making the audience feel sorry for the beggar. It also establishes all the things the beggar (once a university lecturer) would have had such as a family and home which has now all been lost, leaving the audience to assume it is down to the Taliban. Hosseini through the beggar regards the violence as ‘random’.  The use of this adjective tells the audience how awful the Taliban are and how the violence and abuse is (in most cases) un-called for and performed without a valid reason making the audience feel a strong dislike towards the Taliban.[F8]

At the orphanage Zaman reveals what is happening at the orphanage declaring that the Taliban Official takes one child a month in return for money. Zaman relies on this money to care for the one-hundred children living there as There is ‘not enough’ beds, food or blankets for all the children. This showing how valuable the money is to Zaman in order to do his best for caring for the children. This makes the audience sympathise with Zaman because he has no choice but to give a child to the Taliban Official otherwise the children would starve. The character of Farid does not show sympathy for Zaman and attacks him for letting this happen to poor, innocent children. Hosseini through Amir describes a moment in the fight, ‘the director thrashed beneath Farid’  the word ‘thrashed is an onomatopoeia which helps to bring the fight to life using sound, making it easier for the audience to imagine it. An Adverb such as ‘barked’ used to describe the way Farid is speaking to Zaman displaying to the audience the Farid is angry, making them feel concerned for Zaman.

Zaman reveals to Amir that he will find sohrab[F9]  with the Official Taliban if he goes to the Ghazi Stadium the next day. He mentions that the Official Taliban will be the one wearing Black sunglasses. The fact he wears black sunglasses creates a mystery regarding his character suggesting to the audience that the Official Taliban thinks he is superior to everyone else or otherwise is hiding his identity so that he is unrecognisable so people who once knew him won’t recognise him.

Another thing Zaman says to Amir is that “there are a lot of children in Afghanistan but little childhood”. This connotes that they have been deprived of love, care, food and fun. They are unable to have a childhood because Afghanistan is now a dangerous place where only looking at a Taliban can give you reason to be killed. Children are forced to make nothing of them and end up just as all the other beggars roaming the streets in cities such as Kabul. [F10]


Lots of interesting points, but using a more academic language, using the systematic framework more systematically, particularly when discussing the syntax and structure of the writing would improve your analysis.



 [F1]Not clear what you mean by material verb


 [F3]Good point but what is the effect upon the reader?

 [F4]Interesting point, but discuss the emotional effect of this upon the reader; we realise that Amir is changing as a person??

 [F5]Good point, but use more academic language, referring to readers, be more precise about what the Taleban have done.

 [F6]Yes, it suggests the fragility, and the way in which the Taleban have made it a place that looks like it is OK, but could collapse at any moment.

 [F7]Good, but this could be developed.

 [F8]It also generates a sense of pathos.

 [F9]Capital letter needed.

 [F10]Good point, but you could develop your points about how Hosseini builds up a sense of horror here.

What the author didn’t write – thinking about filling in the gaps


Working in a group of four, discuss and brainstorm key scenes or parts which the author left out, considering WHY he might have left them out.

Conversations between Hassan and his father about Amir and Baba. Think about the important conversations we DON’T hear about such as after the rape, or the decision to leave.

Conversations between Rahim Khan and Baba about Amir and Hassan, which we don’t hear, and Baba’s marriage.

The story of Baba and his first wife, who died in childbirth.

Soraya’s “disgrace”, more details about why she is viewed as a “fallen” woman by the Afghani community.

Sohrab’s early life in the orphanage.

Anything else you can think about…

Role play one of these situations in your group, or work out a plan as to how it could be written about in a THIRD PERSON narrative.

Amir at the psycho-therapist

Imagine that Amir goes to the psycho-therapist to discuss the problems he is encountering in his life. Write a script in which a psycho-therapist questions him about his thoughts and feelings regarding the events that happened to him so far. Make Amir’s answers as detailed as possible, even if this is a bit artificial. The aim of this exercise is to get you writing in DETAIL, and considering the thoughts and feelings of the main character. Use appropriate lexis from the book.

Devising your own creative response

Creative response questions


To do well in your creative responses, you need to consider these learning objectives:


AO4 Demonstrate expertise and creativity in using language appropriately for a variety of purposes and audiences, drawing on insights from linguistic and literary studies (Marks out of 30)

AO1 Select and apply relevant concepts and approaches from integrated linguistic and literary study, using appropriate terminology and accurate, coherent written expression (Marks out of 15)

At the top end, responds with originality and flair. Skilfully handled writing/interpretation  which is completely fit for purpose. Sophisticated use of language. Audience/reader completely engaged. Entirely appropriate content. At the lower end, confident & cohesive writing that works. Engaging style with very clear and convincing ideas for audience and purpose. Content skilfully chosen. Wholly convincing sense of character’s voice. Fluent, cohesive writing.  Expression precise and wholly appropriate.


There are many different questions that could come up with creative response. The main genres for creative writing are:

Drama (playscripts/poetic drama)

Prose (novels, 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person narratives)


You will be asked to answer in these two genres:



With prose, you need to revise your ability to:

Write diary entries

Write formal and informal letters

Write a report, or witness statement, eg police report

Write a legal defence, eg prosecution speech for a character, or a speech defending someone

1st person narratives: stories which are told by the ‘I’ narrator

3rd person narratives: usually novels, short stories written in the third person

Choose ONE of the following:

Diary entry

First person narrative

Third person narrative

Drama script, playscript with stage directions


Police report

Prosecution statement

Choose a character:




Rahim Khan



Write a creative response using this particular character and literary FORM. Write at the top of your creative response, the assessment objectives, the question you’ve devised and then your answer!






The characters in Kite Runner


Rahim Khan




Soraya, meaning Princess – Ellie And Ellena


Compassionate: verbs “love”, “admire”, “be affectionate”; for Sohrab, changed the study into a bedroom, she is instrumental in organising Sohrab coming to the US.


Amir makes a point that she has more courage, her bravery;


P. 144 She has confessed to Amir that she was possibly wild, disrespectful, promiscuous in her youth. WHAT IS INTERESTING is that her voice is not fully developed in the book.

“Does it bother you enough to change your mind?”

AMIR: “I envied her. Her secret was out. Spoken. Dealt with. I opened my mouth and almost told her how I betrayed Hassan, lied, driven him out, and destroyed a forty year relationship between Baba and Ali. But I didn’t.

Frightened of her father, but respects him.

She stands up to her father, and supports Amir’s criticism of Taheri when he calls Sohrab a “Hazara”.




General Taheri – Danielle and Poppy


Last chapter. “I have to deal with the communities’ perception of our family.”


Authority in the neighbourhood.

Conscious of what others think

Refuses to work because he thinks he is too important/contrast with Baba at the petrol station.

His relationship with Baba is interesting; they become close.

The wedding party is chiefly arranged by him; it is a traditional.

He is MILITARY, and, on the whole, not greatly religious. He keeps to the religious traditions.

“The general laughed like a man used to attending formal parties.” FORMAL??

“People will ask. They will want to know why there’s a Hazara boy living with our daughter.”

He is quite rude, and VERY CONSCIOUS of the communities’ perception

He is quite judgemental, looking down on others. He talks about Sohrab being more of an object than a person.


Traditional views.

“His voice was deep and cultured.”

He has wisdom??

Symbolism that he is weak…


Sohrab – Liam and Harry; DRAMA SCRIPTS

“Mother and sasa”

Fascination with mosques. “I’ve been thinking a lot about mosques lately.” Amir finds him at a mosque. He calls Amir, “agha”.

“Father used to say it is wrong to hurt even bad people.”

He asks lots of question; inquisitive.

His sentences are short and largely simple??

“Will God put me in hell?”

Sex slave – dressed a girl, rouged cheeks and mascara; and sexually abused by the Taliban

Public humiliation

The slingshot is important; possibly have a memory of his father teaching him how to use it???


The fear of the orphanage, his attempted suicide.

His feelings for Amir???

He is quiet and loves silence.

See mosques as a place of safety???




The characters in Streetcar


Steve – Tiffany and Meaghan


Doesn’t speak much. He uses short sentences.


He hits Eunice. “angry voice”

Shouts and overturns furniture.

Parallel story to Stella and Stanley.

He observes the poker night and Stanley’s outburst with Stella.

He sees Blanche. Would he think much of her???


Alan – the husband??/Pablo/Shep Huntleigh/Eunice – Rob Matt and Matt


Shep Huntleigh; Blanche went out with him in college. Stella confirms this. You don’t know whether Shep is rich or not…

Well spoken??? Texan millionaire type??

The HOMOSEXUAL husband. She said “You disgust me” puts a gun to his mouth. WRITE HIS SUICIDE NOTE??




5-10 KEY PHRASES, plus page nos/characters these characters use…














Using the systematic framework to analyse a text

Terminology Key questions for analysis Key points for creative response Notes/checklist
Nouns What abstract and concrete nouns are used?


Use specific, important nouns in your story/text  
Verbs What dynamic verbs are used and what is their effect? Use specific verbs in your text  
Adjectives What descriptive and emotive adjectives are used and why? Copy out specific adjectives/use them in your story!  
Adverbs What is the effect of the use of the adverbs? Deploy important adverbs  
Semantic fields What fields of meaning are REALLY important in a text? Deploy relevant semantic fields  
Discourses What discourses are employed? Does the text use and explore patriarchal/feminist/sexist/racist/ageist discourses? Use relevant discourses  
Alliteration What is the EFFECT of the alliteration? What words/images/ideas does it emphasize? Use alliteration  
Onomatopoeia What is the EFFECT of the onomatopoeia? What words/images/ideas does it emphasize? Use onomatopoeia  
Assonance What is the EFFECT of the assonance? What words/images/ideas does it emphasize? Use assonance  
Syndetic and asyndetic lists How and why does the text use lists? Use lists in your own writing!  
Figurative language: metaphors and similes What striking comparisons are made in the text? What do they make you think/feel/see? Use relevant metaphors and similes  
Figurative language: personification What personification is used and to what effect? Use relevant personification  



Improving upon your mock papers — how can you do it?

Watch this ShowMe video of me discussing the opening of an A grade Creative Response answer for the Kite Runner.

This is a Show Me video on imagery which needs to be discussed in the play.

Re-draft your mocks and post your improved scripts in reply to this blog. Or have a go at another question.

Remember to look carefully at the mark scheme for each question and think about how you can improve upon your work.