The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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Symbology is defined as objects, characters, figures and colours use to represent abstract ideas or concepts (sparksnotes.com). For example the symbol of peace is merely a universal sign used in different communities for no war or hate. A symbol in literature brings out a characters personality and pinpoints their significance in the book. A symbol also grabs the reader’s attention which makes them think yet, keeps them in suspense at the same time. In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, a miraculous writer that continuously throws foreshadowing and flashbacks at the reader, portrays the use of symbols in an extraordinary way. Therefore, In the Kite Runner symbolism is portrayed through the pomegranate tree, the flying kite and the cleft lip.
One of the several symbols listed in the book is the pomegranate tree. It represents the climax at which Hassan and Amir bonded together but also the breaking point of when they drifted apart from each other. The author mentions several settings which take place at the pomegranate tree of either the boys around the tree or on it. The first time the tree is introduced to us is when Amir tells the reader that “one summer day, I used one of Ali’s kitchen knives to carve our names on it: “Amir and Hassam, the sultans of Kabul.” Those words made it formal: the tree was ours.” (Hosseini, 27) This exemplifies the “bromance” between Amir and Hassan. That their intimacy and bond was official and no one could have broken it. The tree symbolizes

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