Symbolism In The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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In the novel the Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, the author, often uses symbolism throughout the book. There are many, many items or things that signifies something, or means something different than what is shown. For example, things like the kite, the pomegranate tree, Amir’s scar, the slingshot, the reference of the lamb, and Hassan’s cleft lip. Analyzing symbolism in this book could go far, there are many things to be said about the symbolism in this novel. The reason for using symbolism is because it's an important tool to use to create meaning and imagery. And symbolism shows that literature goes beyond more than what is just simply said. The pomegranate tree is a symbol in the novel. At the beginning of the book, Amir and Hassan…show more content…
And it signifies his poverty, one of the things that separates him from Amir. It signifies as poverty, because it shows that Hassan and his family do not have enough money to fix the deformity. His cleft lip also symbolizes Baba’s love for him. Baba doesn’t really show or tell Hassan that he loves him all that often. So eventually, when Baba pays a surgeon for his marred cleft lip to be fixed, it was a birthday present and it indicated the love that he has for Hassan, no matter how “difficult” it is to love him. This quote from the Kite Runner shows how much Hassan craves his father's attention and never gets it; “Baba smoked his pipe and talked. I pretended to listen. But i couldn’t listen, not really, because Baba’s casual little comment had planted a seed in my head: the resolution that I would win that winter’s tournament. I was going to win. There was no other viable option. 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 for all that his son was worthy. Then maybe my life as a ghost in this house would finally be over. I let myself dream: I imagined conversation and laughter over dinner instead of silence broken only by the clinking of silverware and the occasional grunt. I envisioned us taking a Friday drive in Baba’s car to Paghman, stopping on the way at Ghargha Lake for some fried trout and potatoes. We’d go to the zoo to see Marjan the lion, and maybe Baba
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