Characterisation in The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner features several distinctly different characters. The contrast between these characters is quite important in advancing the plot of The Kite Runner.


  1. With a partner, select 1 character.
  2. Skim the novel for details about the character. These will range from simple and physical descriptions, to actions that demonstrate the characters thoughts, feelings and personality.
  3. Along with the personal details on Hassan or Amir, students often need to collect academic performance information from their past teachers. This would include:
    1. Engagement with classwork
    2. Social interaction (makes friends etc. )
    3. Attitude towards adults
    4. How does the student react when faced with a problem or conflict?

    These are usually written as short response paragraphs. Include details for either Hassan or Ali.


    1. Decide upon a symbol that defines your character.
    2. Write a 1 or 2 sentence explanation of your symbol. Draw or find a CC licensed image of your symbol
    3. You should present your ideas as a mind-map.
  4. Symbol

Image: ‘a little bit amelie.

Lennie from Of Mice and Men.

Several elements in the photograph are symbolic of Lennie’s innocence. The child in the photo appears content, happy to innocently play with a single, white daisy. This is much the same as Lennie who is rarely found without a small animal to occupy is attention. Further, the white colour of the flower is also the colour of innocence symbolic of the child-like innocence of Lennie.

Image: ‘Lines of living – Lebenslinien

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