Discuss the relationship between Amir and Baba

The Relationship between Amir and his father Baba isn’t your typical father- son relationship, it has a major effect on those within the book although it’s the most important link on two individuals in this novel. They in many ways are complete opposites of each other.  Baba, as a young man is widely known as “a bear” and possesses such a name for his ruthless fights and strength of such an animal, this animalistic imagery tries to emphasise the strength and power Baba has. Such physical encounters gave him the reputation of a well-built, tough individual whom people respect highly. Amir in contrast is more the sensitive type, he’s recognized as more an illiterate individual who shares a compassion for stories and poetry, “I wrote my first short story”.  Amir perceives Rahim Kahn as more a father figure who can relate to his illiterate skills “Rahim Kahn hunkered before me and handed me my story”. On the other hand the relationship between Amir and Baba is extremely fundamental and is it sets out foundations that other relationships are built on, such as the first word of Amir and Hassan, “we spoke our first words. Mine was Baba. His was Amir, my name”, this quote infers that throughout the book Hassan has always been there for Amir and would do anything for him. On the other hand Amir’s first words show a sense of loyalty towards his father rather than Hassan.

The attitude and language Baba has for Amir is fairly negative, it shows in this book how Amir craves for love and attention from Baba. However none is portrayed, maybe a sense of disgust and disappointment is shown in Baba linking to the death of his wife. The example of when Amir asks if he can join Baba and his friends, Baba replies “this is grown-ups time”, this direct speech straight away shows the reader the split in Baba and Amir’s relationship. “He propped me up... pair of tree trunks”, this shows Baba is very sustainable and is not easily broken down reflecting his character. The lexical choice “propped” gives the connotation of being uncomfortable. Such a declarative sentence and adjective “propped” lets the reader know the attitude Baba has for his son. Another example of Baba’s disapproving attitude toward Amir is the way he patronised young Amir. “I mean to speak to you msn to man do you think you can handle that for once?” This interrogative sentence demonstrates how Baba emasculates Amir making him less confident and knocking his self a steam. Amir illustrates many childish, attention seeking incidences. “I think I have Saratan, I said, cancer”. This shows the reader how far Amir would go to get the attention from his father, this could in long term effect be related towards Baba and Rahim Kahn’s deaths?

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Baba had always wanted his son to be a tough, strong young boy leading after himself, however this was never to be. “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up for anything”. This text shows how Baba feels uneasy about Amir and how he fears for him as man growing up. The Buzkashi tournament was another example of how unlike Baba and Amir are. After the tournament Baba ridicules Amir for crying when a man gets killed. “Clenched and unclenched. Mostly, I will never forget Baba’s valiant efforts to conceal the disgust ...

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