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The Kite Runner

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Symbolism in a Garbage Can

KTERUN-FQUJHO

What might General Taheri’s disposal of Amir’s story in the garbage can at the flea market in chapter 12 represent on a symbolic level?

A

Despite his new life in America, the general will continue to mourn the destruction of Afghan culture at the hands of both the Russians and the Taliban.

B

General Taheri rejects the power of the written word in a society where “everyone is a storyteller”.

C

The General is indicating that the quality of Amir’s writing is so poor that he will make a weak partner for Soraya.

D

General Taheri is making a statement about his intention to maintain Afghan tradition and protocol despite being in an American setting.

E

General Taheri is making a statement about the dangers of the education of women and his regret at having allowed his daughter to leave Afghanistan.