Amir And Baba Character Analysis

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The novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini proves the famous quote “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Many father son duos seem to never realize how alike they really are, only after closer analysis are the similarities found. A prime example of this is Amir and Baba. In the beginning of the novel they seemed to be polar opposites. Baba a father focused on keeping his dignity and protecting the dignity of others. Amir a boy with the desire to be accepted by his father and live up to someone of his father’s character. Amir was fragile and afraid unlike Baba who was strong. However as the novel progresses many similarities arise between the father and son. The similarities between Baba and Amir are shown through their acts of courage, in pursuing their passions and their choices to betray a loved one. Baba and Amir are similar because they both prove their courage. Baba understood the value in not only standing up for others but also standing up for your own values. “‘Thank you but I don’t want’, Baba said. ‘I work. I work always. In Afghanistan I work, in America I work. Thank you very much Mrs. Dobbins, but I don’t like free money’” (Hosseini 138). Everyone has their own set of beliefs and values, however not…show more content…
Both Amir and Baba proved similar in their acts of courage, their pursuit for passion and their decisions to betray a loved one. Amir and Baba proved to be similar not only in their good choices but also in the bad choices of betraying someone. The comparison should not be made between Amir as a child and Baba as a man. It is only right to compare Amir after he has progressed further into life and truly defined himself. “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.”(Hosseini 24) Children should not be judged at such a young age because they have not had a chance to live and stand up for
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