Beauty in “The Kite Runner”

the kite runner

Most people who read the book “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini would say that there is more violence than beauty. The beauty found in this novel lies in the kites. The kites that are fought in this novel have glass strings. The object of these kite fights are to cut the other kite’s string and be the last kite standing. The glass strings symbolize the dichotomy between beauty and violence. The string is beautiful all covered in glass. Simultaneously the glass is violent because it breaks down other kites.

Beauty is also shown throughout this novel because the pomegranate tree that Amir and Hassan carve their names into. While they are children the tree bears fruit and holds beauty in its deep red color. Years later, after Hassan is dead the tree no longer bears fruit. Amir’s guilt rises and his memories last but no longer occur, just like how the tree still exists but no longer bears the fruit. The beautiful pomegranate fruit symbolizes Amir and Hassan’s friendship.

The absence of beauty is also very important in this novel. One example of how the absence of beauty is symbolized throughout this novel is Amir’s scar. Amir’s scar although seems to lack beauty in physical traits, holds great meaning to Amir. This scar represents Hassan and Amir’s brotherhood and their adventures as children. Even though Amir tries to forget Hassan the only way he is at peace is when Amir finds out that Hassan is at peace. This scar is the symbol of Amir and Hassan’s friendship.

Comfort in Disguise

The appearance among millions of girls in the United States is associated with the concept of covering themselves in makeup. From the ages of children to adults, makeup has always been part of the culture in the United States but now more than ever. Television ads, magazines, celebrities and the want to look like a “barbie” is what drives the makeup fascination. Many girls are mesmerized by how models look in magazines and want to be like them. At girl’s younger years, they feel as if wearing makeup makes them look like princesses, and dolls they play with. But the major influence in a child’s want to wear makeup comes from the reflection of their mother. It is very typical if the mother wears lots of makeup than the child wants to also. As years go on, girls continue to use makeup as a way to change what they look like. Makeup is a way to disguise what girls really look like without any mascara, eyeshadow or lipstick. Many girls, in america think that beauty defines them in the way that they look because of the way the social media is evident in our society.

Youtube, one of the most popular social medica sites in the world, has a huge influence on the way in which girls see themselves as beautiful. The new thing now is girls called “Beauty Gurus”. Beauty Gurus are girls on youtube that vlog (video blogging) about the type of makeup they use and the way  in which they use it. These Beauty Gurus get millions of hits a day, and many of those views of our girls looking at how to change the way in which they look.

Here’s a video

In this video, it shows how someone would transform their face from wearing no makeup to putting lots of makeup on and feeling beautiful.

Comfort in wearing makeup, allows girls to transform themselves into a person with different feature. For instance, mascara makes girls eyes look bigger and lipstick defines girls lips. Many girls dont’ go out in public without wearing makeup because they feel that without makeup they look ugly. Makeup makes girls feel good about themselves, and comfortable in their skin. There are many brands of makeup out there, brands that are very expensive. Some mascara tubes can cost up to $66. However woman and girls are able to still feel just as beautiful as the celebrities that wear expensive makeup by going to target or cvs to buy makeup that isn’t as expensive.

However, although makeup has always been a huge part as the definition of major celebrities many of them have a different view on makeup in the way that they think Beauty is defined.

“The key to beauty is always to be looking at someone who loves you, really.” – Julia Roberts

“I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven’t looked in a mirror for days, and I’m doing things that make me happy.” – Anne Hathaway

“A lot of people come to me, and they’re like, ‘Will I look like you after I have a baby?’ And I say, ‘Well, how were you before?’ You can’t kid yourself.” – Heidi Klum

“Just recently I’ve learned to be okay with myself without wearing makeup. I think it was a special someone telling me that I didn’t need it. I started taking care of my skin and realised I didn’t need as much as I thought I did.” – Vanessa Hudgens

“Being beautiful is all in the attitude, it’s about confidence.” – Ciara

“You know when I feel inwardly beautiful? When I am with my girlfriends and we are having a goddess circle.” – Jennifer Aniston

Even celebrities say that, makeup is not the true definition of beauty however with this said they still use makeup in a way in which to disguise themselves in feeling comfortable infront of people. I am sure that none of those celebrities would go to a concert or event without wearing makeup.

Makeup has also been used to feel comfortable since ancient times, in 4000 BCE Egyptian Queens used makeup to show their prestige. It was a way in which they displayed themselves as being beautiful and perfect because they were the Queen.

The Beauty of a Memory

I Had the Best Day…

There are certain songs that you can always play, and they will bring you back to a particular point in your life. This weekend my mother and I took a roadtrip down south, and listened to music all the way there. At one point, the song The Best Day by Taylor Swift came on and I was immediately whisked back to my childhood. My mother has been the biggest influence on my life, and as weird as it may seem, she is my best friend. She has always been there for me. When this song came out I was fifteen years old. My mom and I have considered this our song since because it explains almost everything we have been through together, while also signifiying the evolution that comes with a mother-daughter relationship as the years continue to pass.

I’m five years old, it’s getting cold, I’ve got my big coat on
I hear your laugh and look up smiling at you, I run and run
Past the pumpkin patch and the tractor rides, look now, the sky is gold
I hug your legs and fall asleep on the way home

I don’t know why all the trees change in the fall
But I know you’re not scared of anything at all
Don’t know if Snow White’s house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day with you today

I’m thirteen now and don’t know how my friends could be so mean
I come home crying and you hold me tight and grab the keys
And we drive and drive until we found a town far enough away
And we talk and window shop ’til I’ve forgotten all their names

I don’t know who I’m gonna talk to now at school
But I know I’m laughing on the car ride home with you
Don’t know how long it’s gonna take to feel okay
But I know I had the best day with you today

I have an excellent father, his strength is making me stronger
God smiles on my little brother, inside and out, he’s better than I am
I grew up in a pretty house and I had space to run
And I had the best days with you

There is a video I found from back when I was three
You set up a paint set in the kitchen and you’re talking to me
It’s the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs
And Daddy’s smart and you’re the prettiest lady in the whole wide world

And now I know why the all the trees change in the fall
I know you were on my side even when I was wrong
And I love you for giving me your eyes
For staying back and watching me shine
And I didn’t know if you knew, so I’m takin’ this chance to say
That I had the best day with you today