The Kite Runner Essay

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Question: Even though countless events occur in the novel, the title refers to kite fighting and kite running. What do these activities represent in the novel and why are they so important? To whom or what does the title, “The Kite Runner,” refer?

Kite fighting and kite running represent the fights in the novel and how you can lose the game and someone important in your life. If you win you can gain someone’s love and you can lose someone’s love in an instant. For example, Amir won the competition and at the same time he won his fathers’ love, but he lost Hassan. Imagine if Amir would’ve lost he wouldn’t have gained his fathers’ love, but Hassan wouldn’t have gone for that kite and he wouldn’t have gotten raped and their relationship would have never gotten tainted. I think the title “The Kite Runner,” refers to Hassan because he’s the infamous kite runner that doesn’t need to follow the group and doesn’t go in the same direction. Hassan goes his own way and always gets to the location a while before the kite actually gets there. Hassan is also a very fast runner that was an advantage for him to go along with his perfect kite running skills. He would all do it for Amir since he was so loyal; the title of this novel is something Amir probably would’ve named it. The title “The Kite Runner,” represents loyalty, because when Hassan ran down his last kite he would ever run for Amir his loyal words were “For you a thousand times over.” When Amir wanted to be loyal to Sohrab, he ran a kite for him and he said “For you a thousand times over”. So the title “The Kite Runner” is loyalty and love and all the things that give you loyalty.
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