The Kite Runner - Symbols

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Analyse how symbols are used to develop an idea in the text.

Four paragraphs:
Kites
The fight between Amir and Assef
The Lamb
The move to America “ Tourist”

Theme: “Redemption can be attainable even in the worst of circumstances”

“There is a way to be good again.” Marks a point in Amirs life when he truly discovers redemption can be attainable even in the worst of circumstances. After years of dnial, lies, hiding and ignorance this phone conversation with Raham Khan plants the seeds for Amirs ultimate redemption. Khaled Hosseni’s The Kite Runner explores this theme as Amir faces emotional and physical hardship in an effort to quash the ghosts of his past. Throughout the novel Hosseni uses symbols to help illustrate Amir’s guit and his road to redemption and how peoples motives change, the sacrificial lamb shows how courage is needed to stand up for what we believe in, the move to America shows that we do not need money and power to be happy and finally the fight between Assef and Amir shows the ultimate redemption.

A kite generally holds connotations of peace and serenity but in the beginning of The Kite Runner Amir and Hassan use the kites in battle, and become a multilayered symbol of guilt and happiness. Flying kites is a passion of both Amir and Hassan and as they win the national kite fighting championship Amirs finally wins a spot in the heart of his torn father. But after this competition the kite takes on a very different significance to the boys as Amir witnesses Hassans rape but does not step in, in the fear the perpetrators will steal his victory prize and his father will see him as a failure. Ironically Amir not standing up to the boys meant that he had become “ The boy [I] his father was afraid he would become.” Amirs actions that day and his failings to step in and save amir switched the symbolism of the Kite from victory and happiness to a sign of betrayal and guilt. Amirs guilt means that he can’t stand to be in the same house...
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