How is the novel The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, an allegory?  

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In an interview about his novel The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini himself has suggested that the famous rape scene in the work has some allegorical significance. In that episode, the narrator, at a younger age than he is when the book opens, watches as another youth anally rapes the narrator’s young friend.

Commenting on his novel in the interview linked below, Hosseini said this:

. . . for me, the rape scene in the alley has always had an allegorical and symbolic meaning to it. That scene is reminiscent of what happened to Afghanistan. The Afghans fought a ten-year war against the Soviets were a million people died and countless others were displaced and...

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