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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?
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.
General Taheri rejects the power of the written word in a society where “everyone is a storyteller”.
The General is indicating that the quality of Amir’s writing is so poor that he will make a weak partner for Soraya.
General Taheri is making a statement about his intention to maintain Afghan tradition and protocol despite being in an American setting.
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.