One of the prime examples of culture in “The Kite Runner” is the kite flying tournament. This is also the main symbol in the book. The kites serve as a symbol of Amir’s regret and his happiness. “I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he 'd stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me...
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... primary influences on Amir is the influence of the kite-fighting tournament because it represents the happiness and the guilt in his life. It makes him happy because it is something that he enjoyed doing with Hassan. It makes him feel guilty because he allowed Hassan to get beat up and raped just so that he could bring the blue kite back to his father. The other influence in the book was the racism of the Hazara. The people who first colonized Afghanistan, the Pashtuns, believe that the Hazara people do not deserve to be there, mainly because they believe in a different aspect of the Muslim religion. The final cultural influence was the Muslim religion. People in Afghanistan primarily believe in that religion and they take it very seriously. Amir’s dedication to the Muslim religion is brought to America with him and it is shown in the process of him marrying Soraya.
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