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19. Chapter 18: Amir’s Decision
About this Lecture
In this module, we read through the eighteenth chapter of the novel, focusing in particular on: (i) the themes of memories, stories and lies; (ii) Amir’s decision to return to Kabul; and (iii) the extent to which Rahim Khan manipulates Amir (and the plot of the novel as a whole) at this point.
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.
Cite this Lecture
McRae, J. (2021, January 13). Hosseini: The Kite Runner - Chapter 18: Amir’s Decision [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/hosseini-the-kite-runner/chapter-18-amir-s-decision
McRae, J. "Hosseini: The Kite Runner – Chapter 18: Amir’s Decision." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 13 Jan 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/hosseini-the-kite-runner/chapter-18-amir-s-decision