The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Essay

1633 Words Dec 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Guilt is described to be the feeling of being ashamed and sorry for something oneyou may have done wrong. It is an emotion that everyone is familiar with. In the novel The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini explores the idea that the past, if not confronted, will manifest itself in every aspect of life; he demonstrates this by using the path that Amir and Hassan’s relationship takes through the symbols of the pomegranate tree, books, and kites. The pomegranate tree is a recurring occurring symbol of friendship and change in The Kite Runner as the state of the tree throughout the novel represents the development of Amir and Hassan’s relationship. This is shown before the incident in the alley, following the incident, and twenty-six years after the incident. In the beginning of the novel, Amir and Hassan play together by a hill north of Baba’s house. As children, the pomegranate tree on the hill is the place where Amir and Hassan grow close to each other. Using a kitchen knife, Amir carves their names on the tree: “’Amir and Hassan, the sultans of Kabul” (Hosseini 30). This carving is significant as it represents that the tree belongs to Amir and Hassan and that they are becoming better friends; although at times, Amir is oblivious to this. Before the incident in the alley, Amir and Hassan have many memories by the pomegranate tree but everything changesis changing after the incident, including their friendship and their memories of the pomegranate tree. After the incident with…

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