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Hosseini: The Kite Runner

14. Chapter 13: The Betrothal

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In this module, we read through the thirteenth chapter of the novel, focusing in particular on: (i) the combination (once again) of positive and negative – the wedding of Amir and Soraya, and the death of Baba; (ii) the impact of Baba’s death on Amir; (iii) the description of the marriage and the funeral; (iv) the symbolism of bringing together Soraya (representing the future) and Baba (representing the past); and (v) the story, as we saw at the beginning of Chapter 3, of Baba and the black bear.


In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Khalid Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. We begin with a broad introduction to the historical, political and literary context of the novel, before going through the whole novel chapter-by-chapter, providing close reading and detailed analysis, with commentary on character, plot, themes, motifs, language, symbolism and more.


John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.

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McRae, J. (2021, January 13). Hosseini: The Kite Runner - Chapter 13: The Betrothal [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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McRae, J. "Hosseini: The Kite Runner – Chapter 13: The Betrothal." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 13 Jan 2021,