Sanaubar’s Redemption

The Kite Runner is very much a “novel of redemption.” The main character, Amir, has to find a way to redeem himself after having betrayed Hassan. Sanaubar, likewise, must find redemption.

As a class we will compare and contrast Sanaubar’s actions and attitudes at the beginning with the end of the text.

1. Collect quotes that reflect Sanaubar’s character. Sanaubar returns to the story in chapter 16 through Rahim Kahn’s story though she is also discussed at the beginning of the novel.

2. Consider:

  • What was her “sin(s)”?
  • Why might she have done it (think very carefully about this one)?
  • How does she find redemption?
  • How does this part of the story contribute to the novel as a whole- how does Hassan’s forgiveness of her reflect greater meaning within the novel? Etc.

Task: Write a well constructed response (paragraphs) that explains Sanaubar’s redemption.

Image: ‘From Darkness to Light – please read



Use the information from the brainstorm we did today to support your response. (click the thumbnails for larger images)

Task: use the found poetry techniques you practiced earlier to mine for words and phrases. Keep in mind, you are aiming to develop your poem around the theme of change. Your poem won’t necessarily remain focused on Sanaubar.

  1. Experiment with line breaks – trying writing your poem twice. Try ending with different words. Set words off specific words by placing them by themselves. Are you using regular stanzas?
  2. Which devices can you add into your writing?
    1. Are there words or phrases worth repeating? Will use the same repeating phrase to begin each line?
    2. Which words sound great together? Alliteration? Assonance? Do you want to express something pleasant: Euphony? Do you want to express negative ideas or emotions: Cacophony?
    3. Can a literal idea be expressed through metaphor? Simile?
    4. Can you replace specific words with synonyms? does this have a particular affect?
    5. Are you going to employ rhyme?

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