How significant is the symbol of the pomegrante tree throughout the book "The Kite Runner?" I have an oral presentation that needs to be 15 minutes long.  I need many examples and proof to support...

How significant is the symbol of the pomegrante tree throughout the book "The Kite Runner?"

I have an oral presentation that needs to be 15 minutes long.  I need many examples and proof to support the examples.

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The pomegranate tree located on the northern hill of Baba's property is where Amir and Hassan would meet, play, and read books as children. Amir even recalls carving, "Amir and Hassan, the sultans of Kabul" into the side of the tree. The tree is significant because it symbolizes Amir and Hassan's friendship. Unfortunately, Amir and Hassan's friendship is ruined after Amir witnesses Hassan getting raped by Assef and does not intervene. Tortured by guilt, Amir cannot stand to be around Hassan and does not enjoy visiting the pomegranate tree.

In chapter 8, Hassan asks Amir to visit the pomegranate tree to read, and Amir agrees. However, Amir thinks that he's made a mistake visiting the tree and walks back home without reading to Hassan. Later on in the chapter, Amir asks Hassan to follow him up the hill so that he can read a new story to Hassan underneath the pomegranate tree. Shortly after arriving, Amir picks up a pomegranate and asks Hassan what he would do if he threw the pomegranate...

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