Amir also realizes why Baba had helped all those people and why Baba tried to treat both him and Hassan as equally as possible. This attracts the reader's attention because now we know that Baba was never perfect but tried his hardest to redeem himself. In chapter 3, Baba tells Amir ‘“There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft.
Baba’s favorite topics are politics, business, and soccer. On the other hand, Amir is weak, insecure, and timid. He likes to read and write stories instead of going outside and playing sports. Amir is not very close to his religion and culture like Baba is; the only piece of culture that Baba and Amir share a passion for is the kite flying tournament. Amir is hesitant and does not stand up for something even if he knows it is the right thing to do.
At the moment all Amir can think about is getting the kite to show Baba and seeing him proud, he wants to help but is young and conflicted. Even though he won and Hassan returns with the kite, all Amir can feel is guilt as the days go by after. He uses his fathers one rule about sin against Hassan, "Now, no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft.
Being Baba’s son was complicated for Amir as he spends too much time trying to make him proud. Baba always wanted more from Amir. That is where Hassan comes in play. Hassan was Ali’s son, they both were servants and of Baba. Baba really appreciated Ali and had a special treatment with Hassan.
Their lives go on for a while after this and then one day, Baba’s old friend, Rahim Khan reaches out to Amir. Amir goes back to his homeland to talk to Rahim Khan. When there, Rahim tells Amir that he must save Hassan’s son, Sohrab, who is in the clutches of the Taliban. He also tells Amir something else very shocking. He tells Amir that Hassan is actually the son of Baba also, making the two of them half brothers.
But it is clear, when Amir finally earns the redemption he seeks, every breath was worth it. Knowing Sohrab is safe and the fact he was able to finally able to repay Hassan’s loyalty shows that Amir can finally be at peace with himself. He can finally live with knowing he had finally found the redemption he was looking for his whole entire
Both Amir and Lourie have been disappointed before. Baba verbally acknowledges his disappointment of Amir saying, “‘If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he’s my son’” (Hosseini 23). Simply stated, Amir is not the son Baba had expected with Baba’s own genes. Baba was an athletic, brave, and clever man. Amir is clumsy, cowardly, and naive.
The most remarkable part of the occurrence is when Assef asks Amir how can he even call Hassan his ‘friend’ since Hassan is known as Hazara and the voice in Amir’s mind answers, “But he’s not my friend! I almost blurted. He’s my servant! Had I really thought of that?” (Hosseini 33.5) So far in the resulting minutes, Hassan mediates, guarding the frightful Amir from a beating with Knuckle reinforcements. It cannot be denied that Amir realizes that Hassan would safeguard him, yet his reactionary remark about Hassan being his maid highlights Amir’s weakness as well as his misuse of Hassan.
It had gotten to the point where Amir went through with the kite flying with Hassan just to receive his father’s approbation. The main character had to manage his father’s neglect while growing up. All Amir really wants is to be “looked at, not seen, listened to, not heard” (Hosseini 65), and while this conflict shapes the way that Amir grew up, readers are exposed to the
In fact, his disgust in his son’s failure to become what he deemed as an ideal son drives him to “stir the same passion” he had as a child, in Amir. In the process, Baba realizes that his efforts are in vain: “‘...he’s [Amir] always buried in those books or shuffling around the house like he’s lost in some dream...I wasn’t like that.’ Baba sounded frustrated, almost angry.” (Hosseini 21). Baba is constantly comparing Amir to other boys and criticises him for his shortcomings. In turn, Amir spends his entire life vying after his father’s praise, which is also the reason why he prioritizes his personal agenda above Hassan’s safety. Despite Baba committing what he believes to be the greatest sin, he redeems himself by performing good deeds: building orphanages, standing up for others, and giving Amir a new life in America — because, “for [Amir], America was a