Over the summer, I had to choose a book from a AP English 12 list and write a 5-paragraph essay on it. We have to come up with an arguable thesis and prove it by analyzing a theme, an aspect of style, and tone each in their own body paragraph.
These are my tentative theses. I'm misspelling them on purpose so the teacher doesn't think I plagiarized (it's happened before):
"Threw the use of pairalelling gennertions in his first novel,The Kite Runner, Khalled Hosseni argus that one can atone for the passt sins of his pairents."
"In Kalled Hosseni's furst novel, The Kite Runner, the fictional characters of Ammir, Asef, and Hasan serve as alegories of the real atrocitys of Afgan war."
I like the first one because it's an interesting topic and fits the weird format (1st body paragraph-a theme, 2nd-aspect of style, 3rd-tone) really well. The problem with this thesis I think it is too narrow and I would have to neglect a few important characters and events. Also, it seems incredibly hard to prove. I did not read the book actively thinking about this and I read it twice.
I like the second thesis much more. I'm just not sure if I should change it focus on war in general though. I easily saw everything fit together as I read: Assef is like the Russian forces (rape and everything), Amir the Taliban (turned on their people for power/betrayed Hassan for Baba's love), and Hassan is like the innocent and oppressed Afghan citizens. Amir's late redemption, to me, represents how Afghanistan still has hope to redeem itself. Problems: Asef was the part of the Taliban in the story, yet I'm comparing him the Russian forces. Also, this thesis wouldn't fit into the awkward format (see first paragraph) smoothly. I might have to break the teacher's point-by-point essay outline to explain some things further. And she seems picky.
Which one should I pick, if either? Do you have any other topic suggestions? Anything I should reword (besides the misspellings)? I know I have all summer to write it, but I have to do reports on two more books. All help is most appreciated