Symbolism In The Kite Runner

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What do you think that kite running and fighting symbolize in the novel? Who do you think the title of “Kite Runner” belongs to? Kite running and kite fighting have several meanings throughout the novel from emotional factors to In order to participate in a kite tournament in Afghanistan, a team of two has to be created. The kite fighter has to control the kite, while the kite runner's job is to assist. Amir and Hassan share a master and servant relationship, where the servant obviously works for the master. The assistant works with the controller with cooperation, determination, trust and walk in the shared thoughts and actions in order to attack opponents. Amir and Hassan are united by the intense sport of kite running and kite flying. Through all…show more content…
Hassan is always in the shadows of Amir. While in the dark alley with Assef, Amir is standing in the light of the truth knowing what should be done and said. Amir had to walk into his shadows of jealously in order to stand up for Hassan. The alley wall was built up by Baba treating Hassan like his own son, buying him the same items as Amir, giving him extravagant presents, never forgetting his birthday, and he always included the both children during “one on one” moments. The wall of jealousy toward Hassan does break down, but a wall of guilt is built almost instantly. The wall of guilt distances Baba from Amir even more than the wall of jealousy. The kite also can mean a sense of freedom from Amir's sins and guilt in order “to be good again.” The string of glass shards constantly cut Amir when he reflects back on the sins he committed. He was always the kite fighter, but at the end of the novel, he is the kite runner. When the kite is cut loose, his freedom is no longer held tightly by his guilt. During the whole book, Amir tries to remove Hassan from his life but never fully

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