• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Kite Runner Relationships - Are Baba's and Amirs betrayals and similarities in their relationships of their servants similar or different? Do you think that's such betrayals are inevitable in the master/servant relationship,?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss the difference between Baba and Ali and between Amir and Hassan. Are Baba's and Amir's betrayals and similarities in their relationships of their servants similar or different? Do you think that's such betrayals are inevitable in the master/servant relationship, or do you feel that they are due to flaws in Baba's and Amir's characters, or are they the outcome of circumstances and characters? In the novel 'The Kite Runner', written by Khaled Hosseini, the relationships between Amir and Hassan, and Baba and Ali steers the direction the plot takes. Afghanistan is a nation where culture, tradition and family are of monumental importance, we see this in the novel. It is these societal ideologies that influence Baba and Amir to betray the people that mean most to them, Ali and Hassan. Readers may foreground this idea in the novel, but they also may notice that the way Baba and Amir are constructed, shapes their actions and are part of their decision to deceive their 'family'. Baba lies about fathering Hassan, and Amir refuses to admit he witnessed Hassan get abused. ...read more.

Middle

Despite this admirable thinking, he still allows himself to be restricted by the societal ideology of Pashtun and Hazara people, just like Amir. Baba's way of thinking is literally displayed in his house, the house of best intentions, because the class barrier between these two groups of people still exists. For example, Ali and Hassan live in a hut and sleep on a mattress on the floor whilst Baba and Hassan live in a plush home. We see that, it is actually society's pressure that caused Baba to lie. Thus, common ideologies in Afghanistan society contributed to Baba's and Amir's conscious decision to betray their family. However the readers also become alert of the flaws in these characters which in turn influenced their choice as well. Character construction and the relationship between father and son, Baba and Amir, allow the readers to see certain aspects that led to each betrayal. In the exposition, we acknowledge that Baba and Amir are completely opposite and different characters. Baba is portrayed to be a heroic, protective and a dominant character, compared to Amir. ...read more.

Conclusion

Instead he runs home, and decides to keep this a secret because, he knew if he spoke up Baba will discard the fact that he had just won the tournament and tend to Hassan. Like his father, Amir never tells Hassan of his selfish act. Therefore, the difficult relationship that Amir and Baba have ultimately leads to Amir's betrayal of Hassan. Both Amir and Baba committed sins against their family because of their own benefits. Readers are able to acknowledge that the societal ideologies and context of Afghanistan in that time period adds to these characters reasoning to betray themselves plus Hassan and Ali. We see that Amir was more influenced than his father; however the main reason behind his father's betrayal was due to what others would think, and in other words societal ideologies. Readers also foreground the idea that the father-son relationship between Baba and Amir is a huge element involved their decision, especially for Amir. Also, analysing character construction helps the readers understand more about each character and the way they think and why they perform certain actions. All in all, the interaction with all these aspects- ideologies, context, and characterization- becomes instrumental in Amir and Baba's decision to deceive their family. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. The Kite Runner. Write a First Person Narrative From the Point of View of ...

    It was after the kite tournament, and he won that, and I ran the kite for him.

  2. 100 plus maketing plan

    (Source: Wiki) 2.3 SWOT Analysis STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES * F&N has a broader product line and outstanding reputation. * Record revenues and increasing market share. * Lack of capital constraints (availability of large free cash flow). * Great brands, strong distribution, innovative capabilities * Number one cool drinks in Singapore, Malaysia * F&N sells their products through the same distribution channel.

  1. Diary Entry from Amir in "The Kite Runner". Write Amir's diary for the ...

    I've finally made him proud, finally won his heart. But that would all change if he knew. And now I'm unsure as to which one I'd rather have; Baba's love, or Hassan's pure devotion. Hassan is the one who has always loved me. His first word was 'Amir'. We had a brotherhood, a kinship that nothing could break, because we had fed from the same breast.

  2. Kite Runner. The opening scene of Khaled Hosseinis Kite Runner plays a significant role ...

    Rahim Khan, who plays the major role of making Amir realize his big mistake that of betraying his best friend Hassan and conveys to him that "there is a way to be good again". Rahim Khan has also been shown as a father figure later on in the novel which

  1. Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" portrays many issues of conflict. Choose four examples ...

    doctors tell him Sohrab is alive he feels as though his prayers have been answered so he starts to fully believe in a higher power as it is revealed when he says "prayed morning namaz...the verses came naturally now" Hosseini portrays the conflict between the Hazara and Pashtun to be one caused by the religious and ethnic difference.

  2. Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway. The relationship between Nick Adams and his father ...

    Amir, the main character of "The Kite Runner" greatly admires his father and tries to behave in the same manner as the father wants to. This is a great difficulty for Amir, whose interests are the opposite of his father's.

  1. The Kite Runner Essay. In the novel, Baba and General Taheri shared similar ...

    "I didn't tell you, Soraya said, dabbing at her eyes, "but my father showed up with a gun that night. He told...him...that he had two bullets in the chamber, one for him and one for himself if I didn't come home.

  2. Khaled Hosseinis The Kite Runner shows how the persistent and somewhat altruistic characters can ...

    Amir exhibits strength of character through his ability to endure the hardships of living with his father, who expects too much out of him and does not express any affection or care about him. A lesson that one can learn is that by being one?s self and developing unique qualities,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work