The Kite Runner

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As implied by the title, kites play a major role in the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. They appear numerous times within the text and prove to be surprisingly versatile in their literary function. They provide common ground for characters whose interests do not normally intersect. They are also present as a very powerful symbol, which adds an extra dimension to this already literary rich novel. Reversing the roles transcending generations, it shows itself to be a multifaceted medium.

This novel presents two almost irreconcilable individuals. The main character, Amir, was raised without a mother; therefore, Amir was left with his father, Baba, to please as he grew up. Early on in his life, it became obvious that pleasing Baba
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In desperation to find some relation to his son, Baba tried to make Amir a good spectator which only led to his further disappointment at his son’s lack of genuine enthusiasm. Amir and Baba are obviously not very compatible; however, they have one small point of intersection.

This small point of intersection for these polar-opposite characters happens to be the object of interest: kites, more specifically kite battles, which proved to be the one medium to connect these two characters. Both Amir and Baba find great enjoyment and pleasure from this act. For this reason, “The chill between Baba and me [Amir] thawed a little,” (Hosseini 49) during the winter in Kabul when the kite fighting tournaments began; however, the connection eventually became much more palpable. These battles being a tournament obviously lead to a single winner, and victory is what Baba expected Amir to have. When the tournament came in 1975, Amir cut the last remaining kite in the sky for the much-envied triumph over all the contestants. Amir later recollected that that “was the single greatest moment of my twelve years of life, seeing Baba on the roof, proud of me at last” (Hosseini 66). This meant a great deal to the both of them, for “the old warrior [Baba] would walk to the young one [Amir], embrace him, acknowledge his worthiness” (Hosseini 67). Amir fulfilled Baba’s expectation of victory for Amir through kites,

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