Symbolism In The Kite Runner

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The kite is a very important symbol that usually represents limited freedom and safety. However the kite symbolizes much more in the kite runner including baba’s acceptance, guilt and redemption. The kite was a vital piece in the novel; every change of meaning it went through symbolized a great aspect in the book that shaped the characters. The first symbol that the kite represented was Baba’s approval which reflected the theme of the tension between a father and his son. Proof of this point was when Baba casually said he believed Amir was going to win the kite running tournament over a fire, Amir took this seriously and vowed that he would win the kite running tournament which would ultimately win his father’s love and make up for him “killing”…show more content…
A case in point was the fact that the kite was a reminder of his betrayal to Hassan by sacrificing him to Assef. This guilt made him avoid his best friend and later plant valuables under Hassan’s mattress in order to send him away. The blue kite also reflected guilt during Amir’s birthday party. Amir got all he ever wanted, his father’s love, many gifts and victory however he believes they’re all blood money and he doesn’t want any memories of the kite because it reminds him of him leaving Hassan in his time of need. In addition to the kite symbolizing Amir’s guilt, it also represented another similar trait of cowardice which Amir admits to in the quote (pg. 74) “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running was because Assef was right: nothing is free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay to win Baba”. Amir believed that his only choice was to be a coward to retrieve the kite because nothing is free in the world; this proved Amir’s cowardice and is the ultimate source of his guilt.The kite symbolized Amir’ cowardly personality and guilt from his betrayal, this is one of the main themes in the novel that helped Amir grow as a

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