The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Essay

1126 Words Apr 6th, 2016 5 Pages
Symbolism is a weapon well used in the book, The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini. Symbolism is showered throughout to give the reader a deeper understanding of the story, enriching and adding power for the duration of the novel. Through the use of symbolism, Khaled Hosseini represents the abstract concepts of freedom, goodness, sadness and friendship through the concrete objects of kites, deformities, a bear, weather, and a pomegranate tree.
Kite-fighting is the signature event of Afghanistan in The Kite Runner, which soon becomes the representation of freedom. When school ends for the winter nearly every kid embraces this annual freedom through kite-fighting. Before the Taliban come into power, kites, along with kite-fighting tournaments are common throughout Kabul. “ Every winter… Kabul held a kite-fighting tournament… the day of the tournament was undeniably the highlight of the cold season.” While the Tabilban occupy Afghanistan, however, Rahim Khan mentions to Amir that only two weeks after the Taliban took over, the taliban banned kite-fighting. (Hosseini, pg. 49-50) Foreshadowing the start of the oppression, and loss of freedom in Afghanistan as a whole.(Hosseini, 2003, pg. 213) At the end of the book, Amir sees people flying kites in America, “Another half dozen kites had taken flight.” At this point in the book, Amir is finally free of his past, which has been haunting him throughout the duration of the book.
Khaled Hosseini uses deformities to symbolize…

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