Kites are obviously an important image in The Kite Runner
, and for Amir
they act as symbols of both his childhood happiness and his betrayal of Hassan. When he tries to remember something happy in the fuel truck, Amir immediately thinks of his carefree days flying kites with Hassan
. After Hassan’s rape, however, kites become a reminder of Amir’s betrayal and guilt. In the novel’s political theme, kites represent Afghanistan’s “glory days” of the monarchy, as kite-flying is later banned by the Taliban. At the end of the book Amir flies a kite with Sohrab
, symbolizing hope for redemption for both Amir’s sins and Afghanistan’s.