When Amir describes America as “a river,” he means that it is “unmindful of the past” (Kite Runner 136).  This particular aspect of America attracts him because in such a country he may be able to forget his own past.  He wishes that his painful memories would at least remain dormant.  If they would simply stay asleep, he could move on, forget his past decisions and become a happier person.  America’s forgetful culture could help him be happy.  If only it were that simple.



If Amir had been hoping for a placid taxi ride in Peshawar, he was sorely disappointed.  Gholam’s taxi is “smoke-filled,” and Amir sits on “shredded upholstery,” while Gholam, “a chain-smoking, sweaty little man,” talks non-stop, just barely missing collisions (Kite Runner 195).  This bumpy ride presages many of Amir’s other experiences in Pakistan.


The red grapes that Assef had set out on the table are hardly a sign of amicable relations between him and Amir (Kite Runner 273).  The violent scene that  proceeds in this place proofs the animosity Assef feels toward Amir, largely because of what Assef sees as unfinished business.

appease.course reading

This and the next several posts are designed to demonstrate the expected use of categories (called “labels” in blogspot).  Each of these model posts starts with brief definitions and explanations that appear in italics.  As suggested by the verb “demonstrate” and the adjective “model,”  these posts provide the information you need to write a successful post of your own.  Following the brief explanations, I have written a sample entry in regular font.

n.b. I have used the same word several times only for the purposes of demonstration.  I expect you to use a different word for each new post.



The category/label called COURSE READING indicates that you have posted an entry about the text you are currently reading in your English course.  The significant word is “about.”  You are not looking for sentences in the course text that use the key word.  Rather, you are using the key word to compose your own sentences that describe or explain some aspect of the literature.


sample post:

More than once, when fellow Romans indicate reservations about Cassius’s plans, he tries to appease them.   He appeals to their sense of logic or emotion, in order to allay their apprehensions.


Judging from Antony’s and Brutus’s funeral orations, neither man would treat the other amicably,if they met outside the Roman Forum.  Does their relationship in the beginning of Shakespeare’s play show any signs of genuine amicability?