The pomegranate tree was a place for Amir and Hassan to run away to and really get to know each other. They have fun and enjoy their chilhood, Amir says "There was a pomegranate tree near the entrance to the cemetery. One summer day I used one of Ali's kitchen knives to carve our names on it, 'Amir and Hassan the sultans of Kabul." (page 27)). The pomegranate tree becomes a place for Amir and Hassan to be themselves and forget each others ethnic groups and religions. Whenever he says they're the "sultans of Kabul" this shows how close Amir and Hassan really are. Usually, in that culture Pashtuns and Hazaras are nothing more than just a boss and his servant, but with the carving in the pomegranate tree it symbolizes how strong their friendship is despite their identities. When they are at the tree, Amir reads to Hassan, but at one point just ends up making up stories . "After we'd eaten the fruit and wiped our hands on the grass, I would read to Hassan."(page 28) " Fascinating, I repeated a little breathless, feeling like a man who discovers a buried treasure in his own backyard."(page 30). It's under this tree that Amir finds his gift of writing, that puts a spark in him and Hassan finds his love for reading. The tree is what makes Amir realize he wants to be a writer, which he ends up growing up to be later on. Hassan finds his love for stories and his desire to read , later on he ends up teaching himself how to read and write. This symbolizes that the events that took place under the tree influence the future and their desires. The tree is a place where Amir and Hassan enjoy themselves and find what they love to do.