What would it take for the average person to betray their friend? Money? Fame? Most would likely say they would never do so however everything has its price. If someone were to make this terrible choice how far would they be willing to go to redeem themselves? Khaled Hosseini presents initial pressing issues such as this with his story The Kite Runner however the answers are presented in a more subtle manner. Hosseini uses the symbols of the kite, Hassan and Amir’s lip scar and the lamb to develop the themes of Memories of events lost to time, The Betrayal of Innocence and a friend ending in redemption, and The struggle between the rich and poor classes in society.One of the most important symbols within The Kite Runner is the Kite itself as it represents the past. In the beginning the kite is seem as more of a positive item as amir says “Then I glanced up and and saw a pair of kites… They danced high above the trees on the west end of the park, over the windmills, floating side by side like a pair of eyes looking down on San Francisco, the city i now called home. And suddenly Hassan’s voice whispered in my head: For you, a thousand times over…”(Hosseini 1-2). While amir goes for a walk in San Francisco he looks up to see a few kites above him at that point he has his first recollection of the memories associated with the kite. The memory that is triggered is for hassan and his key catch phrase referring to their friendship. Amir thinks of more of the past as he continues “I thought about hassan. Thought about Baba. Ali. Kabul. I thought about the life I had lived…”(Hosseini 2). These memories appear in his mind whenever he sees a kite because he associates the positive times in his life with it. However following Hassan’s rape the resurfaces some completely different events of the past. While Baba, Amir and other family are heading towards Jalalabad everyone is congratulating Amir ” ‘Congratulations,’ Kaka Homayoun said. His first wife, the one with the warts, clapped her hands. ‘Wah wah, Amir Jan, we’re all so proud of you!’ she said… ‘Please pull over, Baba,’ I said. ‘What?’ ‘getting sick,’ I muttered… Baba pulled over but i didn’t make it…Little shapes formed behind my eyelids, like hands playing shadows on the wall. They twisted, merged, formed a single image: Hassan’s brown corduroy pants…”(Hosseini 84). The memories of the kite are no longer positive for Amir following the events in the alley. While Amir’s family is cheering for him and congratulating him on his accomplishment of the kite the guilt he feels from him not helping Hassan weighs him down to the point where even in a situation where he should feel happy and proud rather he quite literally gets sick.In the religion of Islam the lamb/sheep is the object of the sacrifice of innocence as Amir describes “Tomorrow is the tenth day of Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the Muslim calendar, and the first of three days of Eid Al-Adha, or Eid-e-Qurban, as Afghans call it – a day to celebrate how the prophet Ibrahim almost sacrificed his own son for God. Baba has handpicked the sheep again this year, a powder white one with crooked black ears”(Hosseini 76). Here Amir is describing why they sacrifice the lamb in the muslim faith and the set up to the slaughter. Amir continues to describe the process of sacrificing the lamb by talking about the prayers they say during the ceremony. This is significant because right before Hassan is raped by Assef Amir compares him to the lamb by saying “He positioned himself behind Hassan. Hassan didn’t struggle. Didn’t even whimper. He moved his head slightly and I caught a glimpse of his face. Saw the resignation in it. It was a look I had seen before. It was the look of the lamb”(Hosseini 75-76). Amir betrays Hassan by not attempting to save him in the alley and just like the lamb is sacrificed for religious reasons Hassan’s innocence is sacrificed. This all for the blue kite that Amir so badly wants to please baba with. Later Amir also compares Sohrab to the lamb when Assef brings him in with Sohrab wearing mascara… just like the lamb waiting for slaughter.Throughout The Kite Runner there are various events of political and economic turmoil such as the coup or the russian invasion however one that is not so straight forward involves hassan’s lip. On Hassan’s birthday Ali calls Amir and Hassan inside and they expect to see his gift however all they see is an indian man. This is when Baba says ” ‘I have summoned Dr. Kumar from New Delhi. Dr. Kumar is a plastic surgeon… ‘Well,’ Dr. Kumar said, “my job is to fix things on people’s bodies. Sometimes their faces’ “(Hosseini 45). Here it is revealed that Baba paid for Hassan’s surgery as a birthday gift mostly because Ali could not pay for it himself. This shows the economic/social class seperation between Amir and Hassan with Amir being wealthy and hassan being poor. The final major use of symbolism in The Kite Runner is when Amir finally achieves redemption. When Amir goes to get sohrab it turns out he is meeting Assef his childhood bully who had bought sohrab. Before he can leave with Sohrab however he must fight Assef and when that happens it results in Amir getting severly injured and Assef getting shot in the eye. The event that signifies Amir’s redemption is when he first really becomes aware of his injuries specifically on his upper lip as Amir thinks to himself “…The impact had cut your upper lip in two, he had said, clean down the middle. Clean down the middle. Like a harelip”(Hosseini 297). Amir realizes that the injury he received from Assef is exactly like Hassan’s birth defect. This Culminates with all the pain Amir was dealt by Assef which matches Hassan’s pain making them equal so Amir can finally feel a sense of redemption. He sees this ultimately as making up with Hassan from beyond the grave.