AUTHORITY FIGURES - The Handmaid's Tale and The Kite Runner

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  • Explore the significance of authority figures
    • The Handmaid's Tale
      • The Commander
        • As a founder of Gilead upholding the regime
          • Oppressive role, upholding violence, religious conservativism
            • 'Six bodies hanging'
            • 'The Eyes move in on him'
            • 'Shoving', 'Propelling', 'pushing', 'kicks', 'jabs'
          • Reveals the corruption of society
            • Jezebel's
              • Long build up followed by anticlimactic end reflects the Commander's power and frailty
              • 'Feathers, mauve and pink'
              • 'Paint your face'
              • 'You can't cheat nature'
            • Relationship with Offred
              • 'My presence here is illegal'
              • 'I want you to kiss me'
              • 'I wanted what I could get'
        • As head of the household, controlling the actions of those inside
          • Power exerted over women emotionally, physically and spiritually through the Ceremonies
            • 'TheCommander is *******'
            • 'Withdraws, recedes, rezippers'
            • 'Only one is involved'
          • 'He looks worried and helpless'
          • 'I felt the Commander watching me'
      • Offred's mother
        • Imposes ideological authority through her feminist activism
          • 'Women burningbooks'
          • 'I didn't want to be ... the incarnation of her ideas'
          • 'I don't want a man around'
          • 'My mother is moving forward... raising their fists'
      • Aunts and Guardians
        • Implement institutional authority and control individual behaviour
          • 'You will wait until I blow the whistle'
          • 'Electric cattle prods'
          • 'Patrolled'
          • 'Steel cables, frayed at the ends'
        • Punish, control and repress identities
          • 'You are an example'
          • 'We are containers'
          • 'Teach her a lesson'
    • The Kite Runner
      • Assef
        • Abuse of Sohrab
          • Shown to be controlling, manipulative and immoral
          • 'Up and down, slowly, gently'
          • 'Hands slid down the child' back'
          • 'My boy'
          • 'Put it, lovingly, in Sohrab's mouth'
        • Authority figure in the Taliban
          • Inflicts violence and terror
          • Stoning at the stadium
            • 'Buckled', 'Slumped', 'Screamed', 'Kicked'
            • 'The cry of a wild animal'
            • 'Mangled mess of blood'
            • 'Bloodied corpses'
            • 'Hurled', 'Tosses'
          • Maintaining an oppressive, conservative society
            • 'Recited a lengthy prayer'
            • 'Whip-toting Talibs'
            • 'Wearing long pants'
            • 'You won't find kites'
          • Hazara massacre
            • 'Shoot them right there'
            • 'Fire and fire'
            • 'Let the bullets fly free'
            • 'Shoot them too'
      • Baba
        • Parental authority over Amir
          • 'Don't you challenge me in public, Amir. Ever'
        • Authority within the community
          • Used for social good (building orphanage)
            • 'Baba decided to build an orphanage'
          • 'Your father ... truly deserves the label'
          • 'The legacy of their fathers'
      • General Taheri
        • Patriarch who imposes parental and marital authority
          • ALT - his authority fails at the end of the novel
            • Amir undercuts his dialogue when he labels Sohrab
              • 'A Hazara boy'
              • 'He has a name'
          • 'Padar ... made me come home'
          • 'Padar moved us to California
          • 'Silence the song in her'
      • Amir
        • Intellectual authority over Hassan
          • Uses his authority to manipulate and uphold the inequality between them
            • 'What did he know?'
            • 'Just a Hazara'
          • 'Words were secret doorways and I held all the keys'
          • 'What use did a servant have for the written word?'
          • 'Expose his ignorance'

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