The Kite Runner Father Son Relationship Essay

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“The Love between Fathers and Sons” The theme of relationships runs throughout the novel, the four main relationships being Baba and Amir, Amir and Hassan, Amir and Sohrab and Baba and Hassan. Some relationships are parallel to each other and are reflective in many different chapters throughout the novel. In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Amir is the main character. He is jealous toward anyone who has a deep, emotional connection with his father Baba. Baba has a major concern for his son, Amir. It is that Amir doesn’t have the courage to stand up for himself. In conversation between Baba and Rahim, Baba says “and where is he headed? A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” (page 18).
Baba wants Amir to become the man Baba has become and stands up for himself. Amir lets other kids walk all over him and push him around. Amir wishes his father was Rahim Khan. In chapter 11 on page 129, Amir reveals what America meant for him and his father.
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Baba doesn’t tell Hassan he is his father because in Afghanistan it is frowned upon for Afghans to be with Hazaras. Ali takes over and is the acting father figure to Hassan. He is Baba’s servant and has a “congenital paralysis of his lower facial muscles, a condition that rendered him unable to smile and left him perpetually grimfaced (pg 6) and walks with a limp caused by polio. Hassan is Amir’s best friend and a servant as well. Recalling an event that happened twenty-six years before everything happened, this event made Amir the person he is today. A boy named Assef threatened to beat up Amir for being around a Hazara. A kite fighting tournament begins in winter. When a kite loses, the boys chase the kite and retrieve it, calling the tournament kite running. Amir wins and finds Hassan trapped and Hassan gets raped. This event tears Amir and Hassan apart because Amir didn’t help Hassan. Meanwhile, Baba is happy that Amir
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