17 April 2013
Kite Runner Essay
Symbolism is something that is used as a representation of other things. A lot of the time, symbolism has something to do with connotation. By adding symbolism to a novel it can make it interesting and can give a novel more meaning. In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, symbolism occurs throughout the novel. These can include the kite, the slingshot, Hitler, and Sohrab.
In the novel, the kite played a big role. The kite represented numerous things. It symbolized childhood, freedom, and innocence. Whenever Amir thought of or would see a kite, it would bring him back to memories of his childhood. “Then I glanced up and saw a pair of kites, red with long blue tails, soaring through the sky…And suddenly Hassan’s voice whispered in my head.”(pg 1) Kites would bring back the good memories with ...view middle of the document...
In the beginning of the novel Hassan uses a slingshot to shoot rocks the size of walnuts to protect himself and Amir. “Hassan had pulled the wide elastic band all the way back. In the cup was a rock the size of a walnut.” The slingshot was a reoccurring object throughout the novel. Towards the end of the novel when Amir is fighting Assef, Sohrab uses a slingshot to defend Amir. “His hands was cocked above his shoulder, holding the cup of the slingshot at the end of the elastic band which was pulled all the way back…the slingshot made a thwiiiiit…”(290-291) These parallel scenes show how the slingshot was used to protect Amir multiple times. It can also show how similar Hassan and Sohrab are.
In the novel Hitler represents destruction. It is used to foretell the upcoming massacre of the Hazaras in Afghanistan. The discussion among Assef and Amir it’s easy to see the difference between the two characters and the effect that Hitler had on both of their lives. “It’s too late for Hitler, but not for us.” Assef is saying that since he is still alive he can fix Afghanistan and make it a better place. “Baba says Hitler was crazy, that he ordered a lot of innocent people killed.” Amir believes in the total opposite of Assef. He believed that Hitler was pure evil, while Assef looked at Hitler as a role model.
Sohrab is an indication of recovery for Amir. Sohrab is the recreation of Hassan. Amir always felt like he had to repay his guiltiness, so he saved Sohrab from the Taliban and began to start a new life without feeling guilty like he did in the past.
Since this novel had so many examples of symbolism, it was able to have more meaning. Without the kite meaning so much to Amir, the story wouldn’t have much meaning and the novel would have been very different. Other symbols, like Hitler made it capable to distinctly see the differences between certain characters, like Amir and Assef. Generally symbolism is added to a novel to give it more meaning, and Khaled Hosseini made The Kite Runner by doing so.