The Kite Runner

Even though countless events occur in the novel, the title refers to kite fighting and kite running. What do these activities represent in the novel and why are they so important? To whom or what does the title "The Kite Runner" refer?

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Kite flying represents freedom and innocence. This motif can be seen right through the book until the end when events come full circle. Kite flying holds both the painful meaning of Hassan's rape and the healing feelings of Amir teaching the young Sohrab in America.