What is the symbolism behind the pomegranate tree in The Kite Runner?
What is the connection between the pomegranate tree that Amir and Hassan used to read under and the same pomegranate tree that Amir finds bare with nothing but his and Hassan's carvings when he returns to find his childhood home destroyed?
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The pomegranate tree is a symbol of friendship, childhood innocence, and shelter. When it appears in the first part of the story, Amir and Hassan were fast friends who, despite elements of caste, shared happy times together and enjoyed each other's company. The lush, blooming tree paralleled their lives which were full of promise, and its wide, spreading branches provided shelter, as did their comaraderie.
When Amir sees the tree again when he returns to his childhood home in the latter part of the story, it is bare and has ceased to blossom, like the ruins of his friendship with Hassan. All that remains of that idyllic time is a memory, as represented by the carvings they made on the tree as children.
The most important thing about the pomegranate, too, is that it is spoken of in the Qu'ran as one of the fruits in the garden of paradise. In its earlier appearance it suggests such a state, and in its reappearance later, barren, it suggests a fall from paradise.
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