I am going to compare the symbolism of the kite in the play Master Harold and the boys by Athol Fugard and in the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossseini. Firstly I will talk about the symbolism in both of the books separately. And then I will compare them to see the similarities and the differences. The kite symbol has two different meanings. In the Kite Runner the kite represents kite fighting and the blue kite that was the last opponent was the key to Baba’s heart. In “Master Harold and the boys” the kite is used to cheer up Hally when he was embarrassed by his farther. In the novel the kite was made by a professional and in the play it is made by Sam. …show more content…
He was too scared to help and he was only interested in the kite. He saw the kite lying on some rubbish and said “I can’t lie now and say my eyes didn’t scan for any rips.” This quotation is showing how much the kite means for him but on the other hand he does not realize he is losing his best friend.
I think that the kite symbolizes redemption and dignity. So much of the book deals with "becoming good again" or overcoming shame and reviving your spirit. At the closing scene in the novel, Amir and Sohrab fly a kite, but on a different level, it is an activity that allows them to move forward in life, past the pain and shame of events they've experienced. In the play, the kite is an object to resemble Hally and Sam's relationship, Sam wanted Hally to be proud of something, proud of himself, and he gave him the encouragement for flying and climbing above his shame. After flying the kite, Hally was given ideas and feelings of believing in miracles.
I have talked less about “The Kite Runner” because I think that in the last unit I had already had analyzed the kite symbol so this essay I have focused in the play “Master Harold and the boys” and the symbolism of the kite in the