Social and Political Protest writers use personal experiences as a catalyst for criticising the worlds they inhabit

Social and Political Protest writers use personal experiences as a catalyst for criticising the worlds they inhabit

Explore the significance of personal experiences in the two texts you have studied.


Both Hosseini and Harrison indeed use their personal experiences, as well as other people’s to criticise they worlds they inhabit. However, their experiences differ as well as the vices they wish to criticise differ. For example, Harrison uses his univeristy life to criticse the elitist nautre of society with its issues of social class. Meanwhile Hosseini uses his perosnal experience of moving to the USA to comment on human organisation.

1- Harrison uses his personal experiences of university as a catalyst for criticising elitist professors and the issues of social class that they cause.

Method: poetry’s the speech of kings. ref to feudal system and how gentry dominate and wish to suppress any social mobility. Likewise professors seem uneasy to have this lower class hooligan having their heritage done to death. This voice forms one of two competiting voices

RP: Nowadays much less prevalent in BBC…but used to be all RP…

2- Similarly, in terms of social class, Hosseini’s own personal experiences of growing up in Afghanistan are compared with moving to the USA, as a way of criticising social class divisions along ethnic lines.

Denouement of chapter 25: “you will never refer to him as hazara boy in my presence again” Amir defends vs General Taheri. Moment acts as denouement: bringing together all the strands of ethnic opression that have been foregrounded elsewhere…ultimater rebellion vs the reactionary attitudes…Hosseini moved to USA himself…perhaps commenting on how racism is found within every natino?

3- The significance of Harrison’s personal experiences of local MP Hugh Gaitskell serve as a catalyst to criticise the ruling classes.

Rhyming couplets of “jeering” “cheering” juxtapose two antithetical things…shows criticism of Gaiskell: an MP whose from Harrison’s teenage memory was divisive and failing to acknowledge half the population

V- channel 4: personal experiences inexplicable linekd and used to criticse society: which is why such an uproar was caused.

4- The controlling nature of Taliban society is represented by the personal experiences of real people that suffered, which Hosseini condemns in The Kite Runner.

Repetition of “oh” “oh” before silence…based on personal experiences of those left behind and uanble to escape afghanistan. Shows physical, but also psychological oppression

Ghazi stadium: real place, real place where Talib’s murdered and bullied and intimiated. Clearly reflecting personal experiences.

5- Patience Kershaw’s testimony left a great impact on Harrison’s personal experiences, which is clearly used to criticise the controlling nature of his society.

“hardships….worked out gob” final two lines sum up rest of sonnet- meredithian. ambiuguty of the language to show space where coal is left: or the mouth: or speech. Probably speech most imp interpretation as it shows how jobs, professions or economic status throttle free speech: a way of controlling society. Whilst you’re working in a mine you can’t get educated and be free.

Patience Kershaw: 14 yr old girl miner: made appeal to commission: Harrison draws on her real experiences and how she was forced to work alongside naked men who would beat her and control her: forcing her into inhumane child labour


Both Hosseini and Harrison use personal experiences to criticise their respective worlds. Whilst their worlds of vice are different, based in different countries and with varying demographics, they both aim to present their audiences with challenging experiences and examples of oppression to try and reform their societies etc.







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