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Color Representation in the Kite Runner

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Transcript of Color Representation in the Kite Runner

Color Representation in the Kite Runner
By: Cole Arens
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Col
ors
The main colors represented in
The Kite Runner
consist of
Red
,
Blue
and
Green
.
Red
The color
Red
represents energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

Green
The color
Green
represents growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. But also represents the Religion of Islam.

Blue
The color
Blue
represents depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
W
or
ks
Cit
ed
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner.
New York: Riverhead, 2003. Print.

Quote
"The
red
toyota pickup truck idled past us. A handful of stern-faced young men sat on their haunches in the back.” (Hosseini 247)


The color of the pickup truck reflected the type of people inside of it.
Dangerous
,
evil determined
and
passionate
about their cause. This all holds true because these people are terrorists that are destroying Afghanistan.
Quote
“The spokes were gold colored and the steel-frame body
red
” (101)


Amir only received the bike for the sole purpose of winning the kite competition, not because his dad
loved
him.



Represents the
guilt
Amir has since he took the Blue kite at the expense of Hassan.

Quote

“Soraya and I dressed in
green
--the color of
Islam
, but also the color of
spring
and
new beginnings
.” (170)




1. Wearing
green
during a wedding is a
muslim
tradition.





2. Represents the
hope
in the future following Amir and Soraya’s
new start
.

Quote
“And then a small miracle. Baba tugged at my sleeve and some thing glowed
green
in the dark. Light! Baba's wristwatch.” (122)


1. Glowing watch represents
hope
that Amir and his father will soon get out of the darkness.



2. Darkness is metaphoric for Afghanistan and the problematic situations taking place.


Quote

“But all I heard--all I willed myself to hear--was the thudding of blood in my head. All I saw was the
blue
kite.” (65)


1. Represents his
innocence



2. Foreshadows how he later “loses his
innocence
” by allowing Hassan to be raped, losing his
trust
and
loyalty
towards Hassan.

“I wore a navy
blue
suit I had bought the previous day, after I had brought Baba home from khastegari.” (166)



Quote

Wore this suit when going to the
Lafz ceremony
(ceremony for giving word) because he was full of
faith
and
confidence
.


Con
clus
ion

All in all colors in the Kite Runner depicted significant themes and events in the life of the main character Amir, and the colors elaborated the text and told an unwritten story.

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