Literary Conflict in The Kite Runner

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Literary Conflict in The Kite Runner

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Storyboarding is an excellent way to focus on types of literary conflict. Have your students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict them using the Storyboard Creator. In the storyboard, an example of each conflict should be visually represented, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of conflict.

Literary Conflict in The Kite Runner

MAN vs. MAN

Assef tells Amir that he will have to fight him to earn Sohrab’s freedom. He slips on his infamous brass knuckles and proceeds to beat Amir almost to death, until Sohrab brings the fight to a halt by aiming his slingshot at Assef and demanding him to stop. When Assef lunges for Sohrab, he shoots his eye out with the slingshot, and Sohrab and Amir are able to escape.


MAN vs. SELF

After witnessing Hassan’s rape but being too scared to step in, Amir avoids Hassan out of shame and guilt. He eventually tries to get Hassan to hit him with a pomegranate, in a desperate attempt to get Hassan to show some anger towards him so that he can assuage his guilt. But Hassan refuses to throw anything back at Amir, and eventually takes a pomegranate and crushes it against his own forehead.


MAN vs. SOCIETY

Assef, an older boy who is a racist and a sociopath, corners Amir and Hassan and pulls out his brass knuckles to beat Amir because Amir is friends with Hassan, a Hazara. Amir thinks to himself that Hassan is not his friend; he is his servant. The thought of admitting that a Pashtun is friends with an Hazara is unforgivable in Amir’s social circle.



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Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in The Kite Runner.


  1. Identify conflicts in The Kite Runner.
  2. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  3. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.
  4. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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