Write About the Ways the Writers End Their Narratives in the Kite Runner and the Great Gatsby

Write about the ways the writers end their narratives in the work of three writers you have studied.
The ending of the Kite Runner is very significant to the narrative of the story. It is not particularly an ending expected from a novel that has consisted of powerful events and that has been as action filled as it was. Due to this, some may consider the ending an anti-climax when compared to the events that have happened throughout the novel. However, I disagree with this and instead see it as an epiphany, even a life lesson. At the end of the story, Amir is blessed with a very small smile from Sohrab and Amir realises himself that “it didn’t make ANYTHING alright.” But he is elated with the gift of that smile and will take whatever he is given. Here, Hosseini is suggesting that there is no simple solutions to life and the complex events that it entails. Amir’s journey has been a gigantic trial of human nature, redemption and loyalty and so as readers who become emotionally attached to Amir, we expect him to be rewarded with a happy ending. However, by giving this relatively uneventful ending, Hosseini is enforcing reality on the reader. The whole narrative has been about Amir’s journey for redemption and although he does achieve this, the reader understands that things can never be the same. Therefore, the ending of The Kite Runner is evidence for the quote in the first chapter, “I thought of the life I had lived until the winter of 1975 came along and changed everything. And made me what I am today."
Despite the realism that is emphasised in the ending, Hosseini also give the reader a sense of hope. Amir relates Sohrab’s smile to a snowflake in the quote, “Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting.” This is significant to the narrative as it shows, whilst things will never be the same and Amir knows that there would be no ‘fairy tale’ ending, there is hope for the future. The use of...