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The Relationship Between Baba and Amir in The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini.

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The Relationship Between Baba and Amir ?The Kite Runner,? written by Khaled Hosseini, is a novel about growing up in Afghanistan during the civil war, and later moving to America as Afghan immigrants. Throughout the novel, the relationship between fathers and sons plays a very important role. The relationship between Baba and Amir is probably the most important one, and through the course of the novel, their relationship changes accordingly to emphasize the transition from childhood to adulthood. Throughout Amir?s childhood in Afghanistan, Amir and Baba?s differences causes them to have a very distinct relationship; however, on the inside, they are both closely related as they have both gone against many of the values that Baba regards so highly. Even though Amir spends most of his childhood trying to live up to his father?s expectations, Baba never feels the father-son connection that Amir so deeply longs for. As seen very early on, their personalities and preferences are highly contrasting. Amir is an introvert, insecure boy, while Baba is a confident and proud man, who is highly admired in Afghanistan. Due to his introvert self, Amir spends most of his time reading books and poetry; he is even so good at poetry that he can recite more than anyone in his class. ...read more.

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Once a wealthy man, Baba has to work long hours in America in order to live the life he used to. Amir, being a young man now, helps his father with all his chores, and goes with him to the flea market in the week-ends to sell whatever they him and Baba can find in order to earn a bit of money. This improves their relationship as there is no one else like Hassan or Ali to attract Baba?s attention, so Amir can ?bury [his] memories,? (136) and start on a new chapter with his dad, in order for them to appreciate each other more. Also, in America, there is almost a reversal in roles between the two, as Amir is now the more confident one, while Baba feels out of place and longs for his homeland. In America, Amir is the confident and leader type person, who stands up for himself, like when he stands his ground after deciding to take a major in English, even though Baba thinks it?s a ?chatti job? (117) like his job at the gas station. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is what truly shows that Amir has transitioned from his previous childhood to adulthood, and Baba is so proud of his son that he spends ?$35,000, nearly the balance of his life savings,? (148) on the wedding ceremony itself. As he grows up, he also starts reflecting on the way that he treated Hassan, and how he was the bad friend, and not Hassan. As he finds out that Hassan was his real brother, he cannot live on knowing all the bad things that he did to Hassan, so to redeem his past, Amir puts his life on stake to rescue Hassan?s son, Sohrab, from the Taliban. He has become a man now, who realizes that what he did was wrong, and that he can?t keep on ?burying the past. Because the past claws its way out,? and sometime, you will eventually have to face it. To conclude, on the outside, Baba and Amir portray completely contrasting personalities. Amir is a shy and insecure child, while Baba is a respected and confident man. Despite their different contrasting outward appearances, they share some startling similarities, which far outweigh their many differences, and as Amir starts growing up, and entering adulthood, his relationships with his dad blossoms as they both start to understand, and accept each other. ...read more.

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