Characters and context

IB English A: Language & Literature: Characters and context

This lesson shows how you can compare the characters from a novel to the real-life people from an author"s life. Below you find a passage from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, which is an excellent work for Part 3 (school"s free choice). It is quite contextually rich, as it was written during the invasion of Afghanistan in the early 2000s and reflects much of the author"s personal experiences. Even if you are not...

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Fiona Macleod 28 June 2016 - 18:33

I would love to choose The Kite Runner for Part 3 but am struggling for a PLT to compare it with, as all of the ones I have thought relevant so far, were originally written in English and therefore not appropriate. I would very much welcome a steer . Regards, Fiona MacLeod

Fiona Macleod 28 June 2016 - 21:02

Would "My Father's War" work well?

Tim Pruzinsky 29 June 2016 - 03:11

Hi Fiona,

I don't know "My Father's War" myself, but looking at the description of it, it seems like it would work. Some other options you might consider investigating include:

1. “The Sailor Who Fell From Grace From the Sea” by Yukio Mishima
2. “Sorrows of War” by Bao Ninh
3. “Kokoro” by Natsume Soseki
4. “Kiss of the Spider Woman” by Manuel Puig
5. “Death and the Maiden” Ariel Dorfman

I thought about growing up, war, and deep relationships between characters to connect to "The Kite Runner." I also was looking at texts that I think are contextually rich. They might work, they might not. While I think text selection is important, I also think successful students will still be successful - however we define that - with most texts we give them.


Fiona Macleod 29 June 2016 - 08:50

Huge help. Very much appreciate it, thank you.

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