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Discuss the significance of Baba putting dirt in his snuff box in The Kite Runner.

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pompom1000 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM via web

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Discuss the significance of Baba putting dirt in his snuff box in The Kite Runner.

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:09 PM (Answer #1)

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Baba, Amir's father, has grown up and lived in Afghanistan his whole life. His life has been prosperous, and his roots are there. Now, he must flee his native country to save his life and that of his son. His takes the dirt as a memento, a reminder, of his past, much as a parent keeps a lock of hair from their young child who is now grown. As long as he has the precious soil of his homeland, he can see it, smell it, and stroke it to remind himself of better days. American is a foreign country, in its culture and values. This small bit of earth he can grasp and know that maybe someday, he can return to his homeland. Little does he understand that that homeland will never exist as it once had. This Amir discovers when he returns there many years later.

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