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How does Hosseini present Farid's attitude to Amir in "The Kite Runner"?

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How Does Hosseini Present Farid's Attitude to Amir In chapter nineteen, Hosseini first introduces the character of Farid as Amir's driver. Farid 'threw' Amir a 'cold glance'; the use of 'threw' is used to suggest an aggressive, abrupt action, and the 'cold glance' shows he does not feel civil towards Amir. Hosseini describes Farid's eyes as having 'no empathy' when Amir's stomach 'churned and twisted', which is used to portray Farid as being an apathetic character towards Amir. There is very little conversation between the two men, and when Amir asks to 'roll down the window', Farid keeps his 'black eyes on the road' before handing him a screwdriver to roll the window down. This lack of communication portrays Farid as being very unresponsive to Amir, and as having a rude attitude towards him. ...read more.

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This attitude is due to Farid staying in Afghanistan to fight in the war, whereas Amir left it behind. Farid uses rhetorical interrogative language, asking 'you want to know?' when Amir asks him why he continues to snicker at him. This rhetorical question creates a very informal relationship, probably due to Farid's lack of respect for Amir. He refers to him as 'Amir agha', which although is a respectful term, is used in a sarcastic ironic manner. 'Agha' is used to remind Amir that he is richer than Farid, however it is used in a negative accusatory way, as Farid then says because of the way he was brought up; his father driving 'an American car', 'servants, probably Hazaras' and his growing up in a 'two- or three-storey house', means he is not from 'real Afghanistan'. ...read more.

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It also suggests that Farid's lack of respect for Amir means he will not accept any sort of commiseration from him, and is insulted by it. Farid then uses the interrogative form, asking Amir what the reasons he has returned to Afghanistan are. He accuses him of only returning to sell off his 'Baba's land', to 'pocket the money and return' back to America, to your mother'. Hosseini uses these accusation to give the reader an explanation as to why he has such a negative attitude to Amir; it is as though Farid has experience people returning to Afghanistan for those reasons before, and he is assuming Amir is returning for the same reasons. Amir does not tell Farid the true reason he is returning, just that his 'mother died giving birth' to him, to which Farid 'sighed'. This sigh suggests that, because Amir has not corrected him, he believes that his accusations are correct. ...read more.

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