What is the relevance of the title 'The Kite runner'? Is Khalid Hosseini trying to speak something more through the title?

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Given that the entire action of the story centers around Hassan and the action that took place following his successful running of the last kite in the contest, the title obviously speaks to this central focus of the text.

Perhaps Hosseini was also trying to suggest that the "kite runner"...

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Given that the entire action of the story centers around Hassan and the action that took place following his successful running of the last kite in the contest, the title obviously speaks to this central focus of the text.

Perhaps Hosseini was also trying to suggest that the "kite runner" was going to be an important symbol of some of the themes of the story.  The fact that horrible things happen to good people, the running theme of redemption as Amir tries to make up for his inaction that fateful day, the final symbol of Hassan's son flying a kite at the close of the novel, all of these perhaps are hinted at or suggested by the title.

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