Summary Of The Kite Runner And Forgiving Our Father

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Mistakes Every Human Makes Generally, fathers are described as the most caring yet dominant male figure in one’s life. However, in both The Kite Runner and “Forgiving Our Father,” these fathers are portrayed in an awful light. In this context, “an awful light” highlights the wretched qualities these fathers have. For majority of his childhood, Amir had not felt much approval growing up. In Afghanistan where fathers are the heads of the family, this lack of approval devastates Amir. In a patriarchal family, the father is the one who shows the son the ropes of the family business or is the one who supports and encourages the son, since the son would one day become the head of the family. Instead, Hassan, who Amir considers inferior because of Hassan’s Hazara status, receives most of the praise and affection from Baba. The praise and affection given to another who is not the acknowledged son of Baba is heartbreaking. On the other hand, Lourie, the poet of “Forgiving Our Fathers,” internally debates about forgiving his own father. The poem addresses childhood trauma and should the distraught child forgive the father. Parallels drawn from The Kite Runner and “Forgiving Our Fathers” are abandonment, disappointment, and anger. Abandonment is shown in both medium because it is a trait that causes a deep emotional rift between father and son. In The Kite Runner, Amir always wants to join his father for some bonding time but is repeatedly turned down. “Sometimes I asked Baba

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