The Kite Runner Questions and Answers
by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What does the kite symbolize in the relationships between Amir and Hassan, Amir and Baba, and Amir and Sohrab?

Expert Answers info

Gaia Chandler, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseEditor, Professional Writer

bookB.A. from DELHI UNIVERSITY

bookM.A. from DELHI UNIVERSITY

bookM.A. from ASIAN COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM


calendarEducator since 2019

write124 answers

starTop subjects are Literature and History

Kites are the most important symbol and motif in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner (2003), but before we look how this symbol describes the relationships between its chief male characters, it’s helpful to consider the context of kite-flying in Afghanistan. Kites in Afghanistan and the rest of South Asia are diamond-shaped and made of the thinnest paper mounted on a twig cross. This makes the kites both especially buoyant as well as especially fragile, both of which qualities define the bonds between Amir and Hassan, and Amir and Baba, and Amir and Sohrab. Kite-flying is considered both an art (baazi) and a war (jung) in Afghanistan, but it is a war that used to unite all of the nation’s communities, including its minorities. Significantly, when the extremist Taliban group took over Afghanistan in 1996, they banned kite-flying.

Given this context, kites once represented childhood, solidarity, festivity, and Afghanistan's heyday for young Amir. Amir flew kites with Hassan, a member of...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 1,160 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Gretchen Mussey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write10,186 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

McKinstry Rose eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write1,976 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial