What are some examples of symbolism in The Kite Runner?

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Chapters 6 and 7 in Kite Runner expand the symbolism in the title. Kite running is a form of battle, and the competition is fierce. “In Kabul, fighting kites was a little like going to war,” we are told. Building the kite together symbolizes the friendship of the two boys, the sort of brotherhood that is also symbolized by the fact that they both nursed from the same woman. The kite running here also indicates the class distinction between the two boys, because one job is more grand than the other. In kite running, competitors coat their kite strings with glue and cut glass for this enables them to “cut down” the kite of a competitor. One boy holds the kite, and his partner “runs” to chase down his opponents in the streets. Here Amir holds the string, his own hands getting cut as he works to “cut” down the kites of others as Hassan runs down the street. Amir has the opportunity to show him self as a man, with Amir helping him by running through the streets. The crowd screams to Amir “cut him, cut him” in their eagerness for him to cut down the kites of others and win.  It sounded “like Romans chanting for the gladiators to kill, kill!” Amir remembers. The boys win, but the violence of the competition is as significant as the victory.  Although here Amir believes he has become a man in the eyes of his father, it is just afterwards that he loses his manhood by not stepping forward to help his friend—the real kite-runner.

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The kite contests are symbolic of carefree moments that either precede or follow traumatic events.

The beginning of the novel (page #'s will vary) casts the kite contest as the last good time between Hassan and Amir. Hassan is attacked directly after this.

The end of the novel 's kite contest is the relief of bringing Hassan's son back from trauma and depression.

In both cases, it is symbolic for Amir, because he had no true happiness in between both contests.

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