Writing Process and Structure

  1. Choose your topic. Underline the key words in the question.
  2. Brainstorm ideas
  3. Organise ideas
  4. Write draft
  5. Edit and publish good copy.



Analyse how language features were used to capture the reader’s imagination.

  • Amir’s narrative point of view
  • Foreshadowing
  • First language words, festivals and cultural references
  • Symbolism – kites, lamb to the slaughter, the cleft palate

In his novel The Kite Runner, author Khaled Hosseini uses numerous effective language features such as narrative point of view, foreshadowing, and symbolism to capture the reader’s imagination. Hosseini also includes first language Farsi words and references to cultural and religious events to add to the authenticity of the novel.

Paragraph One

Narrative point of View – first person. Amir talks about cultural, religious, political, social events and issues. He uses Farsi and Arabic words and phrases.

Paragraph Two

Foreshadowing – hints at events to come

For example, Amir tells the reader:

“He stopped, turned. He cupped his hands around his mouth. “For you a thousand times over!” he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner. The next time I saw him smile unabashedly like that was twenty-six years later, in a faded Polaroid photograph.”

Paragraph Three

Symbolism and themes – kites, cleft lip, family relationships, guilt, redemption

Posted by Tracey Hames

Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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