The Kite Runner Essay

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Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel, The Kite Runner, is an eye-opening look into
Afghani and Islamic culture through the painful memories of an American immigrant, Amir.
Hosseini’s novel is rich with beautiful imagery and settings. The book also masterfully tells of disturbing events and very real characters. Perhaps Hosseini’s greatest achievement is his vast and quite effective use of symbolism in The Kite Runner. One such recurring symbol is the pomegranate. The pomegranate’s rich symbolic history from cultures around the world provides many different interpretations as to the various ideas the pomegranate represents. The Kite
Runner can be viewed as an analogy for the well-known story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the
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In his retelling of
Adam and Eve;s story in the widely read epic poem Paradise Lost, he states that the forbidden fruit was indeed an apple. Other early European literature also states that the forbidden fruit was an apple. The familiarity that Europeans have with the apple and the foreignness of the pomegranate may have also contributed to the misconception. The fruit simply could not have been an apple because “wild [apple trees] are not believed to have grown [in Mesopotamia] in biblical times since it is a tree native to the Northern hemisphere” (Freeman). The pomegranate
“is often credited as being the forbidden fruit” by biblical historians (Kaya and Ellis 2). The pomegranate is one of the oldest discovered plants in Mesopotamia and was grown quite readily.
This fruit is very similar in appearance to the apple, and its name comes from the Latin meaning
“apple having many seeds” (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language). These similarities make the pomegranate the best interpretation as the forbidden fruit.
Amir’s father, Baba, can be perceived as the figure of God, or Allah. In the Koran and other scripture, God explicitly forbids Adam to take and eat fruit from a specific tree. This is considered the ultimate sin that Adam could commit and really the only rule that he must obey.
Like Allah, Baba explicitly tells Amir that the only sin he can commit is theft –– “there

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