The Pomegranate Tree Essay

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The Kite Runner is a novel of a Sunni Muslim, Amir, and a Hazara boy, Hassan. Hassan is the son of Amir’s father’s servant. Amir and Hassan spend their childhood days playing with one another in the streets of Kabul. Amir’s father, Baba, as referred to in the novel, loves both of the boys equally. Although, Amir believes that Baba loves Hassan more than himself. Amir struggles to find understanding from Baba for killing his wife during childbirth. Amir strives to make him proud. The Hazara boy, Hassan, finds himself often in trouble protecting Amir, and questioning whether Amir would do the same for him. Over twenty years after Amir left Kabul, and his childhood friend, Hassan, Amir returns to Kabul to find his brother dead by the Taliban, and his son residing in a local orphanage. Amir ventures on to find a way to be good again, while trying to save his childhood friend, Hassan’s son. The motif changes to show how their relationship is growing and evolving thus helping Hosseini, the author of, The Kite Runner, develop his theme in the novel. Friendship does not require physical connection.. The Pomegranate tree is used as a motif and changes throughout the novel. Amir often returns to the motif of the Pomegranate tree. In the beginning of The Kite Runner, Amir and Hassan’s friendship is flourishing as they share stories and laugh by the pomegranate tree. Hassan and Amir bond over stories such as, “Shahnameh,” (Hosseini, pg. 103). As the novel continues, Amir throws pomegranates from the tree at Hassan, breaking the physical relationship between himself and Hassan. At the end of the novel, Amir returns to find the tree dead, and their physical relationship is gone, but they both think of themselves as friends.
In the beginning of the novel, the pomegranate tree is alive and thriving like the relationship between Amir and Hassan. Amir and Hassan often go to the pomegranate tree to read stories, “We sat for hours under that tree, sat there until the sun faded in the west, and still Hassan insisted we had enough daylight for one more story, one more chapter,” Hassan pleads for the continuation of the stories even though he doesn’t understand what was happening (pg. 28). As Amir read Hassan stories, their bond became greater because they both shared the love for the enchantment of the words that the books provided. They never shared a physical relationship, because the words that they shared is what filled their bond as friends. As Amir and Hassan’s relationship grew, so did the pomegranate tree because the tree was given plenty of nutrients by the healthy soil. The boy’s relationship also grew by the “nutrients” provided by the stories. This motif is used differently in this part of the novel because it is the building, and unchanging evidence of their friendship, “Amir and Hassan, the sultans of Kabul,” they once carved into the pomegranate tree (pg. 27). I believe that this was the moment when the boy’s relationship...

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