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What are four examples of metaphors in The Kite Runner?

Four examples of metaphors in The Kite Runner can be seen when Amir compares the past to an object that can be buried, when he likens the Hazaras to "load-bearing donkeys," when he compares Hassan to a lamb to be slaughtered, and when he likens himself to a monster.

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A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words "like" or "as."

In one use of a metaphor, Amir likens the past to an object you can bury. An object that is buried is easily forgotten because you are not looking at it all the time: it is lost in a dark place. In saying this, Amir is challenging the cliche that says you can't forget the past:

It’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it.

In Afghanistan, the Hazaras are called "load-carrying donkeys," a metaphor that compares them to beasts of burden.This shows how the Hazaras are persecuted by the racist Pashtuns by being reduced to animal status.

In the quote below, Amir compares Hassan to lamb that has to be slain. This is a very traditional metaphor, implying that like a young lamb, Hassan is an innocent whom the more powerful can kill to serve their own needs. This metaphor alludes to Amir's higher position in the social hierarchy than Hassan's, a despised Hazara:

Maybe Hassan was the price I...

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