Symbolism in "The Kite Runner" n "The Kite Runner", what is the symbolism of kite flying, sheep, Hassan's car, the pomegranate tree, wrestling a bear, and tourists?

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Kite flying is symbolic of freedom, joy, and camaraderie.  In the 1970s, when Amir is growing up, flying kites is a popular pastime, but in 1996 it is banned in Afghanistan entirely. 

A sheep is a traditional symbol of sacrifice, a victim offered to God so that the deity will look down kindly upon his people.  When Hassan is victimized by Assef, he is the sacrifice that will allow Amir to look better in the eyes of his father.

The car is a symbol of...

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