The Kite Runner: Historical Perspective By: Liam Schell and Vitorino Gomes Introduction • The historical perspective is separated into two smaller perspectives called “the old historicism” and “the new historicism”. • Old historicism concerns itself with the time and place the story takes place in. A good story is one that describes the setting well. • New historicism requires more than just reading the work. New historicism requires relating the text to some historical documents of that time. • The historical perspective as mentioned before is related to the idea that a good novel is one that closely follows the time in which it was written. • This perspective allows the reader to learn about the setting of the novel just by reading the novel. • The history behind a written work can teach us a lot about the history of what is being written about. Historical Perspective of The Kite Runner • The conflict between the Pashtuns and the Hazaras actually existed and was how people lived. • Other historical events appear in the story such as the fall of the Afghanistan government, 9/11 and the appearance of the Taliban. New Historical Perspective • Shows how the story can relate to documents that are taken from this time period. • Comparing real life evidence to the fictional happenings in the story. New Historical Perspective in The Kite Runner • The story takes events that we know from watching the news or researching current events and uses them to create conflict with the characters. • References the power system of the time, where males were seen as dominant and women were seen as less dominant than males.