When Baba says, " A boy who wont stand up for himself becomes a man who cant stand up to anything. "- Hosseni) it helps depict the signifigance one 's perception has on one 's identity. Baba is quick to jump to conclusions with his reflection of Amir. Baba can already see that Amir is not the man he was expecting and it 's the reputation that Amir is given.
By Rahim Khan saying this, Amir now understands why Baba always tried to do good, because deep down inside he couldn’t bear to know what he’s done. He couldn’t love Hassan the way he wanted to. That’s why he built the orphanage and did so many other great things so he had something to distract him from his mistake and hopefully feel some redemption. Rahim Khan, Amir and Baba all redeem themselves through Sohrab. “I looked at the round face in the Polaroid again, the way the sun fell on it.
Baba shows courage throughout the whole book, when he takes in Hassan, who is not his legitamate son, he is standing up for what he believes in, and he does not care what others will think. “That’s a clear answer, Dr. Amani. Thank you for that’, Baba said. ‘But no chemo madication for me’” (Hosseini, 156).
Amir’s fear of disappointing Baba is what caused him to build up regret and guilt. Amir knows Baba’s standards, and after betraying Hassan numerous times he senses that he may never be able to redeem himself. In fear of disappointing Baba, Amir grows up and becomes a much more respectful and honest person. Soraya also redeems herself after fearing her father when she ran away. Her father “told him that he had two bullets in the chamber, one for him and one for himself if [she] didn't come home”.
As a result, he often has difficulty relating to his son, leading him to think that “there is something missing in [Amir]”, because he is not like himself (Hosseini 24). Amir continuously tries to impress Baba, a longing that has a lasting negative impact, as he bases his self-worth on the approval his father. As a result, Amir develops a habit of being overly jealous towards people, such as Hassan, that hold Baba’s interest. Even trivial items-such as the construction of the orphanage-have the power to provoke
However, he also turned out to be someone who tried his best to confront his sins and redeem them by building orphanages, fixing Hassan's harelip, and helping others in general (Li Cunxin, Levy98's Blog). Unlike Baba, Amir was afraid of confronting his sins. In the novel, Baba, with reference to Amir, says, "A boy won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything" (page 22, chapter3) which foreshadows how Amir was unable to face his sin, unlike
Adolescence can be described as a period of awareness and self-definition. According to Erikson (1968), it is an important period in the enduring process of identity formation in the life of an individual. The movie ‘The Breakfast Club’, focuses on a group of five adolescents, and their pursuit to find their prospective identity. This essay will focus on the process of identity development in these five adolescents, with particular reference to the character Andrew Clark. In addition, it seeks to highlight the different identity statuses, as well as, the factors that facilitate or hinder identity formation.
(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.
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’s lack of courage is shown when Hassan is raped by Assif and Amir becomes a bystander and does not help Hassan. Baba, on the other hand, is very brave and valiant. He shows his courage when he defends the helpless woman on the refugee truck and threatens the Russian soldier. When Baba stands up for the lady, Amir tries to stop him because he thinks that Baba will get hurt by the Russian soldiers. Amir says “Baba, sit down please,” as he tugs on his sleeve.
Lastly, Amir sacrifices his life to accommodate for Sohrab, Hassan’s son, after being taken by the Taliban. Amir resembles Baba because he too takes up redemption for the awful things he did. He understands the great danger Sohrab is in. He risks his life to help Sohrab; this shows loyalty to Hassan. Even though Sohrab is not Hassan saving his son shows that Amir is loyal to him.
One of the most noticeable conflicts that emerges in the early chapters seem to be almost mundane, but affects the overall characterization of both Amir and Baba. Amir is a young child, yearning for his father’s attention, his approval, his love. The conflict is one of both external and internal. It had gotten to the point where Amir went through with the kite flying with Hassan just to receive his father’s approbation.