How does Hosseini use symbolism to develop key themes in the kite runn Essay

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In this presentation I will be analysing the way in which Khaled Hosseini uses symbolism
throughout the novel to develop the key themes. He uses symbolism several times throughout
the book to foreshadow significant events and represent the past or the way a character is
feeling. The symbols he uses communicate a deeper idea than he actually writes, they open
doors of meaning and he often uses objects, actions and characters to give more meaning to
the thing itself.

Firstly, one can tell kites are central to the novel just by reading its title, "The Kite
Runner." I found that the most significant use of symbolism Hosseini used in the novel was
the ?kite running?. The Kite Running tournament near the beginning of the novel represents
freedom and happiness in Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion. Soon after the kite
running tournament in the winter of 1974, the Soviet Army banned the event in Afghanistan.
As you can see from the image, the annual event united the Afghans together; it became an
equalizer of class, religion and background, and brought happiness and bonding to the
people of Afghanistan. The eviction of this event symbolises the banishing of overall
happiness and freedom in Afghanistan because even though they are not permitted to do a
considerable amount of things after the invasion, kite running was one of the most uniting
of traditions in Afghanistan at the time. Although the kite running is a positive element
of the novel as the Afghans are still free to kite run, in its violence, it foreshadows
the oncoming invasion because kite running is a form of battle, and the competition is
fierce. It says in the book, ?in Kabul, fighting kites was a little like going to war,?
Hosseini uses a metaphor for the real war which follows the event, I think that he used
kite running to portray this because the competition between the Afghans begins as a
friendly contest which shortly turns into a brutal battle where winning is crucial and the
activity becomes violent by nature because the kites battle and so do the children flying
them. Hosseini uses imagery to present us with hundreds of beautiful kites flying around,
even though they have great determination to cut each other down and many Afghans wishing
to overthrow one another. The string from the kites also covers the fliers? hand in deep
gashes in attempt to cut other kites down and win the tournament, this also represents the
furious determination for victory.

I also found that kite running is a symbol of the changes within Baba and Amir?s
relationship. Baba finally feels proud of Amir and believes in him, he reassures him that
he has hope in him when saying, ?I think you may win the tournament this year.? Amir has
never felt this encouragement from his father before, he has never been adequate to fight
his own battles or capable of participating in physically demanding sports which made Baba
feel doubtful and embarrassed. The suddenness of Baba revealing how he feels about the way
Amir will perform in the tournament could foreshadow the significant event yet to come -
Amir believes he has become a man in the eyes of his father, although soon after he wins
the tournament he loses the right to this authority by not protecting Hassan. Hosseini
uses kite running to indicate this because it is a sport in which both of the boys partake
in equally and it is a joint effort. One boy controls the kite while the other assists by
feeding the string, of course Hassan does not have control of the kite, just like when he
is back at home serving Amir his breakfast, folding his clothes, cleaning his room, he
also caters to Amir in the kite tournaments. Amir always claims the victory, he send
Hassan to retrieve the rival kite even though he actually gets to keep it, just like his
experience of wealth and privilege, he feels it is his right to have ownership over the
kite.

If you dive deeper into the way Hosseini uses symbolism through kite running, the kite
that Amir and Hassan use in the tournament is another example, it represents the
friendship between Amir and Hassan; they work together and encourage each other to do
their best. This foreshadows their brotherhood; they do not know that they are actually
biologically related, although it doesn?t matter to them because they already interact
with each other as if they were.

In addition, the way in which Hassan didn?t give up on following the kite and was a victim
of rape as a consequence of this, symbolises his devotion and love for Amir ? he would
rather suffer from the sexual abuse than to disappointment Amir by not returning the kite
they?d jointly won the tournament with. This sets a circle of betrayal and redemption for
Amir, after Hassan?s rape, Amir cannot separate kite running from his own betrayal and
cowardice. Although, in the last chapter when Amir is a grown man, now married to Soraya
and Sohrab is his son, the act of kite running makes him feel redeemed because he feels he
has made it up to Hassan by saving his son and he now gets to experience kite running.

If you look deeper into the symbolism, kites have multiple layers and one of the layers
could represent the class difference between Amir and Hassan, which largely dictates and
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  • How does Hosseini use symbolism to develop key themes in the kite runn
    In this presentation I will be analysing the way in which Khaled Hosseini uses symbolism throughout the novel to develop the key themes. He uses symbolism several times throughout the book to foreshadow significant events and represent the past or the way a character is feeling. The symbols he uses communicate a deeper idea than he actually writes, they open doors of meaning and he often uses objects, actions and characters to give more meaning to the thing itself. Firstly, one can tell kites ar