A symbol is something that stands for or represents something else. In the book Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Hosseini uses many symbols along with direct and indirect characterization to show that guilt and regret over one incident can impact a person throughout their lifetime. The symbols of the blue kite, the slingshot, the pomegranate tree, the cleft lip and the brass knuckles develop throughout the book to create a deeper connotation for the inner theme.
In the beginning of the book, Kite Runner, Amir and Hassan enter a neighborhood kite fighting tournament. Amir was determined to win so he could finally win his father’s, Baba, love. “I was going to win, and I was going to run that last kite, Then I’d bring it home and show it to Baba. Show him once and all that his son was worthy” (56 Hosseini). As the tournament begins Amir cuts a kite and then another until his kite and a blue kite remained. About a hour later he cuts the last kite and Hassan turns and runs the kite for him. He sees Baba cheering for him, finally proud. “Then I saw Baba on our roof. He was standing on the edge, pumping both of his fists. Hollering and clapping. And that right there was the single greatest moment of my twelve years of life, seeing Baba on that roof, proud of me at last” (66 Hosseini). As Amir walks into his house after the tournament he sees Baba and Rahim Khan, his father finally showing how proud he was of Amir. “Then a smile played on my father’s lips. He opened his arms. I put the kite down and walked into his thick hairy arms. I buried my face in the warmth of his chest and wept. Baba held me close to him, rocking me back and forth” (79 Hosseini). The blue kite symbolizes to Amir how he wants his father’s affection.
The meaning behind the blue kite for Hassan is his friendship and loyalty to Amir. Throughout the book Hassan is always trying to win Amir’s friendship and respect. Hassan says he’d do anything for Amir. “Would I ever lie to you? I don’t know....
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