father figure on a child's moral development and decision-making. Baba's emphasis on competition, success, and the pursuit of power at all costs shaped Amir's values and behavior, leading him to prioritize his own needs over the well-being of his friend. The incident also illustrates the theme of betrayal, as Amir's failure to stand up for Hassan represents a betrayal of their friendship and a failure to uphold basic human values of compassion and justice. This quotation serves as a powerful example of the complex ways in which father figures can impact the lives of their children, shaping their moral compass, relationships, and decisions in profound ways. Had Amir not experienced neglect from his father, he would have likely defended Hassan …show more content…
Proof/Support #2: Use a quotation and cite it in MLA format: ie. (Hosseini 26) When Amir rescues Hassan's son, Sohrab from the orphanage, he embodies the qualities of a father figure. "I won't ever let that happen. I promise you that." I cupped his hand in both of mine. "Come home with me." (283) Comment/Significance #2: Explain the relevance of your quotation and its purpose in supporting your opinion. Provide a connection using a lens and your own thoughts and …show more content…
This quote is significant because it shows how Amir, who was not able to stand up for Hassan in the past due to his neglectful relationship with Baba, is now trying to make amends and take responsibility for his actions. It also demonstrates how Baba's positive relationship with Hassan influenced Amir to act as a father figure to Sohrab and fulfill his duty of protecting him. This determination is a positive impact of Amir's relationship with Baba, who instilled in him the importance of standing up for what is right and protecting those who are vulnerable. Baba's actions, such as defending the helpless and standing up against injustice, have inspired Amir to do the same, ultimately leading to his decision to rescue Sohrab from the orphanage and bring him into a safe and loving home. This relates to the positive impact of a father figure because Baba's actions towards Hassan and his relationship with Amir influenced their views on fatherhood and shaped their actions towards others. Amir saving Sohrab from the orphanage and ‘filling in’ as his father shows how the impact of having a neglectful father has created a moral view in his heart and a need to fulfill a positive father figure role in his life. In addition, there is a deeper connection between Sohrab and Amir because he is the son of Hassan who encountered the same situation that Hassan endured as a
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Amir’s life would have differed without Hassan and Baba’s existence. However, the fact that Hassan and Baba are those that make Amir to become less of a man cannot be disregarded. Hassan’s existence itself, intelligence, and athleticism lead Amir to lack in morals. As for Baba, he may love Amir as a son. Nonetheless, due to Baba’s unrealistic standards, stereotypical views of men, and disinterest in Amir, Baba leads Amir to hide his true personality.
But as alienated as Amir felt from Baba as a child and an adult, Amir came to be much the same as his father. “As it turned out, Baba and I were more alike than I'd ever known. We had both betrayed the people who would have given their lives for us” (226). While this is a negative declaration, it can also be seen in a positive light.
Hosseini explains how Baba’s relationship with Hassan led Amir to have negative feelings towards his father. Amir grew jealous of Hassan’s physical connection with his father and this led to feelings of jealousy. Amir loved his father and at the same time, hated him for his actions. Amir spent his childhood trying to prove himself to his father. After betraying Hassan, Amir tried to justify his actions remarking, “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini 65).
Because Amir was raised in an environment where being masculine was looked up to and the ideal, his father indirectly taught him, through his actions and words, what is right and what is wrong. Later on in Amir’s life, he experiences several losses close together, and he sees how his father reacts. During the time when Hassan and Ali were leaving because Hassan allegedly stole Amir’s watch, Amir watched his father go through a series of emotions that he was not used to and he expresses this to the reader. Amir describes the situation and he states that he saw, “... Baba do something I had never seen him do before: He cried” (Hosseini 107).
When fathers unequally distribute their attention between their children, one receiving more than the other, it can negatively affect the self-esteem and emotional well-being of the son who feels neglected. Sons often scrutinize other father-son relationships to identify areas where their own relationship falls short. The stark contrast between Baba's affectionate relationship with Hassan and the distant bond he shares with Amir highlights the importance of empathy in fatherhood. When conversing with Rahim Khan, Baba says, "A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything" (20) alluding to the fact that Hassan always faces Amir’s challenges for him. This quotation relates to Baba's favoritism towards Hassan
This displays the fact that Amir struggles more with self-forgiveness rather than forgiving others because he compares himself to Baba. This suggests that, as his son, he sees himself reflected in Baba’s actions and feels a need to make up for his mistakes. One must empathize that Amir has constantly compared himself to his father, and that this is an example of that. Although their actions were different, Amir still feels inferior to his father, even when it comes to redemption. It is clear that Amir does not hold complete resentment towards his father, as he acknowledges he tried to right his wrongs and attempted to do the same
Overall Amir has a huge decision to adopt his nephew or put him back into the orphanage which Sohrab dreads. He makes the right choice by deciding to take him home to keep him safe from the war torn Afghanistan. He wants to give him a second chance and a better childhood. “Would you like to come live in America with me and my wife” (Hosseini 320). In making this comment, Hosseini urges us to believe that Amir’s choice to bring him with him was something he wanted to do.
(Pg.301) This quote suggest that Amir realizes that when Baba was hard on him it was because he wanted him to be a better man than Babe. In addition Baba felt like he needed Amir to be a good man and the only way was to be hard on him. Therefore without Baba and the way he was with Amir, He wouldn't have been the man he grew up to be.
But I want you to stand up for yourself, for your writing." (Hosseini, 2003) This quote demonstrates Baba's belief in Amir's potential and his desire to see him succeed. Baba's unwavering support acts as a driving force behind Amir's pursuit of his passion, highlighting Baba's role as a nurturing and supportive father. "There is something missing in that boy.
We get to know a lot about Amir, a young boy, and his father, Baba Throughout the story we see Baba’s gradual change in character, turning from the cold distant father he was to the loving and caring father Amir wanted him to be. Baba fills the hole inside himself that was dug by guilt in Afghanistan by learning to move on from his sins and build a relationship with his son in America. The loss of his wife, Sofia Akrami, created the hole. After her death and Amir’s birth, he felt such despair that he had an affair with his best friend, Ali’s, wife. This only created more guilt, as he impregnated her with Hassan.
Baba neglected Amir, which caused him to make poor decisions, while vying for his father’s love. Amir finds his true self and in the end his relationship with Baba helped to form him into the man he was at the end of the novel, one Baba is proud of. A loving and empathetic fatherly figure is necessary in a son’s
Amir expressed during the story, “I was learning that Baba had been a thief and a thief is the worst kind because the things he’d stolen had been sacred from me, the right to know I had a brother, from Hassan his identity, and from Ali his honor” (Hosseini 225). Amir had just found out that Baba had an affair with Ali’s wife. Hassan was Baba’s son and he had kept this secret from both of them. It finally started to make sense to Amir why Baba treated Hassan so well. He kept everything equal between the two boys because Baba had two children and no one ever knew it.