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The Kite Runner and Lord of the Flies

            Why read two books with similar plot lines? The Kite Runner and Lord of the Flies are similar books, based in different time periods, however, both of these books were written in the time of war which makes it easy to compare them. The characters in The Kite Runner and Lord of the Flies get sent away from their homes for safety, but in The Kite Runner, the character returns home and in Lord of the Flies, the characters try finding a way to return home. These books contradict themselves in a way that makes it easy to understand. The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini and Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding are similar books, yet different. They seem like the same book when comparing the themes of determination, guilt and brotherhood, but they also have many differences between them, which made it interesting to read both,.
             Hosseini and Golding both show the way a character acts determined in their books. In The Kite Runner, Hosseini demonstrates determination by having Amir wanting to bring Sohrab home. Andrews tells Amir, "Your petition to adopt this young fellow. Give it up. That's my advice to you" (Hosseini 330). Amir is determined to bring Sohrab home whether or not it causes trouble for him. Also in Lord of the Flies, the boys are determined to return home after their plane crash on the island. "Ralph waved the conch. 'Shut up! Wait! Listen!' He went on in the silence, borne on his triumph. 'There's another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire" (Golding 38). .
             This shows the way the boys use their resources to signal a ship for rescuing. The resources they use to return home are both persued in different ways by the characters. The boys and Amir go through different obstacles to achieve their goals. The boys desire to return home and working in a way to achieve this models determination.

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