What are the main motifs in The Kite Runner, and why are these relevant?

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Scars and kites are two of the primary motifs in The Kite Runner. Nearly everyone has scars in the story--either physical or psychological. They represent the savagery and horrors of the various political regimes that rule Afghanistan during the story. IN some cases, like Baba's scar on his back, they represent courage; in others, like Amir's psychological scars, they represent weakness. Kites serve several purposes: For one, they represent freedom from the political and religious repression found in the country. Kites also serve as a reminder to Amir of better days and his life as a boy with Hassan; they also remind him of his one great conquest, winning the kite-flying contest. In the end, when Amir finally runs a kite with his nephew, Sohrab, it signifies the end of his guilt and the beginning of a new life with Hassan's son.


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