The Symbol of the Pomegranate Forest in The Kite Runner
In Khaled Hosseini's novel, The Kite Runner, the changing depiction in the pomegranate tree symbolizes the changes in Amir and Hassan's relationship, and is woven into the novel's central theme of sin and payoff. Throughout the book Hosseini depicts Amir's struggle to redeem himself ever since he witnessed the rape of Hassan and stood by as a muted bystander. Amir and Hassan shared a really close camaraderie doing almost everything together yet the loyalty between each other was lopsided. Amir could hardly ever match Hassan's unconditional love and loyalty towards him and this sets up the internal have difficulty in Amir's mind, as they was hypersensitive enough to comprehend the unfairness of the situation. Hosseini uses the pomegranate tree through the entire book since the backdrop intended for describing important events that influence Amir and Hassan's relationship.
The first interpretation of the forest portrays a safe haven but subtle details in the passing point to the actions of the doj that occur later. As children, Amir and Hassan spent many hours underneath the shade of your pomegranate shrub up on a hill-side where Amir would read stories to Hassan. Here the pomegranate tree is a symbol of comfort, a place where he and Hassan could be alone showing the simple delight of storytelling. Amir's explanation of the " shadows of pomegranate leaves dancingвЂќ on Hassan's face depicts the protective part of the forest, a haven for both friends (28). The shrub and mountain are representational of Amir and Hassan's friendship; the tree is definitely rooted in the hill but since the seasons change both the hillside and the forest change so does their very own friendship. The mention of months foreshadows how over time Amir and Hassan's friendship will probably be destroyed, in the same manner that the rain had flipped the " iron gateway rustyвЂќ and caused the " white-colored stone walls to decayвЂќ (27).
When Amir and Hassan return to the pomegranate forest after the rape, Amir says to Hassan he will read him a brand new story because...
Cited: Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Jogger. New York: Riverhead, 2003. Printing.