In The Kite Runner, father-son relationships play a big component in shaping the story. The relationship between a father and a son is how Hosseini writes to show the complex bond between father and son to demonstrate the necessity of a loving and caring fatherly figure. There are multiple father-son relationships in The Kite Runner, they include; Baba and Amir, Baba and Hassan, Ali and Hassan, Hassan and Sohrab, and Amir and Sohrab. However, the biggest father-son relationship throughout the novel is between Baba and Amir. The relationship between Baba and Amir is not your typical father-son relationship and the novel centers upon it. To begin the novel, Hosseini leads the reader to believe that all Amir wants is love and approval from his father. Amir is not exactly the son that Baba dreamed of having and because of …show more content…
The change in their lifestyle also represents a change in their relationship. In America, Baba and Amir discover themselves and their relationship continues to improve. Baba finally begins to realize that Amir can live up to his standards and that he should be in a greater part of his life. "Tonight I am too much happy … I am drinking with my son” (Page 123) Baba was proud of Amir at his wedding and enjoying his time with him. Baba and Amir have a much more positive father-son relationship in America. In conclusion, The Kite Runner features many father-son relationships, which all contain different hardships. Amir and Baba certainly don’t always have a positive relationship throughout the novel. Baba and Amir’s relationship evolves over time as the novel progresses. 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
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“I will never forget Baba's valiant efforts to conceal the disgusted look on his face” (21). This single sentence is the sum of Amir's relationship with his father. Throughout his life, Amir felt like he constantly let his father down. Even when Amir was a child, Baba said to Rahim Khan, “There is something missing in that boy … A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up for anything” (22). Eventually, after Baba's death, Amir got to prove that wrong.
Another quote shows that Rahim Khan shows that he is trying to explain to Amir how Baba was torn between loving two children. Baba has a difficult time trying to show affections toward Amir mainly due to the fact that he is trying to show love to two children, Amir and Hassan. Although Amir’s character traits do play a role in Baba’s liking, Baba is stuck between two worlds trying to love and care for two children, and Amir does not realize this. Amir takes it upon himself, to blame himself, that he is solely the reason why Baba does not like
(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.
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
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.
As an adolescent, Amir wanted his father to notice him. They lived in the same house but it felt like there were in separate worlds. Amir's father was known for doing many great things in his life time and he hoped that his son would be the splitting image of him. As years went by, Amir's father saw that his son was more like his deceased wife, loving to read and write, rather than hunting and sports. Amir tried for years to meet his father's standards but it just wasn't who he was.
Rahim acts as a physical link between the characters and themes of the story, a middleman that deepens the context of the plot. The role of a father-figure, shared by Baba and Rahim Khan is a complex relationship that heavily impacts Amir’s actions and emotions. Whilst Baba is the biological father and role model of Amir, it is Rahim Khan who is the one to provide emotional support, and stability. Amir’s selfish tendencies are a result of the lack of affection that is given to him by Baba, a man who wants to, but struggles to find similarities between himself and Amir.
(Hosseini, 2003, p. 32). Thus, the turmoil Amir has with himself and his father during his childhood and up until his adulthood is due to this love-hate relation with his father. Identifying this relationship of Amir and Baba can be approached by a few psychological aspects. For instance, the acronym
The Kite Runner has three main parts to the story, it begins with Amir, a man who lives in California who refers back to his childhood memories in Kabul, Afghanistan. These memories affect him and mold him into the man he is. Amir as a child lived in Kabul with his father Baba, who Amir had a troubled relationship with. He had two servants Ali and his son Hassan. The relationship between them is more of a family rather that of servants.