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need help with my AP English essay

mrabia786mrabia786 Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
edited May 2010 in College Essays
THE KITE RUNNER
In a literary work, a minor character, often known as a foil, possesses traits that emphasize, by contrast or comparison, the distinctive characteristics and qualities of the main character. For example, the ideas or behavior of the foil might be used to highlight the weakness or strengths of the main character.

Write an essay in which you analyze how the relationship between a major character and the foil in the novel directly impacts the major character's growth as a person.

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The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini, is focused on the relationship between Amir, the protagonist, and Hassan, Amir’s best friend, servant, and half-brother. Hassan can be considered Amir’s foil because everything he does and says shapes Amir’s behavior and personality, and even causes Amir to envy him. Hassan possess’ ideal characteristics which contrast Amir’s characteristics to a great extent. While Hassan is patient, brave, loyal, and selfless, Amir is impatient, a coward, a traitor, and selfish. Hassan earns Baba’s (Amir’s father) attention without even trying while Amir constantly strives to make Baba love him and approve of him.

Hassan views himself as Amir’s friend and does anything and everything to make his friend happy. In contrast, Amir views Hassan as only a pastime and a servant: when there is no one to play with, he turns to Hassan.

am i on-task?

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Replies to: need help with my AP English essay

  • mrabia786mrabia786 Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
    sorry, its supposed to say:

    write an essay in which you analyze how the relationshop between the minor and major character illuminates the meaning of the work asa whole.
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