Baba And Amir Relationship Analysis

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Johnny Sanchez
A.P English IV
Mrs. Bergman
1 September 2015
Amir and Baba in Afghanistan vs. Amir and Baba in the U.S The relationship between father and son is always looked upon as a bond so cherished and sought after. In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the relationship between Amir and his father, Baba, is one filled with pain and longing. Their relationship undergoes significant phases throughout the novel. Hosseini shows us Amir’s struggle to get noticed by his father and, Baba’s frustration with his son and all they have to suffer through to understand each other. But as they are forced out of their home country of Afghanistan, due to the rise of the Taliban, they realize how dependent they are on one another and form a stronger
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His father at last has something to be proud of Amir for. Amir finally gets the close bond that he has always wanted with his father. The afternoon of the kite tournament, Amir witnesses the rape of Hassan and does not intervene to save him because he thinks the blue kite is more important to Baba than being a good man. “ Assef knelt behind Hassan, put his hands on Hassan’s hips and lifted his bare buttocks” (Hosseini 80). Feeling the guilt for betraying his friendship with Hassan and later making Hassan and his caretaker Ali leave, Amir knows that the relationship between him and Baba, that he had worked all his life for, would soon come to an end. “We’d deceived ourselves into thinking that a toy made of tissue paper, glue, and bamboo could somehow close the chasm between us” (Hosseini 93). Amir will later learn that deception cannot hide the truth and sooner or later one has to face reality and face their awaiting …show more content…
As their home country becomes more distant to them, they are forced to forget about their past lives and start a new one together in America. Baba’s pride towards Amir increases when Amir graduates from college, but he never accepts the fact that his son wants to become a writer. Their bond increases even more when Amir gets married. Amir presented Baba with one last gift of happiness, giving him something he had never had, a daughter-in-law. Along with the marriage, Amir manages to bring General Taheri and Baba closer than ever, both being powerful men in their home country to immigrant Americans. Baba even spends the rest of his life savings on Amir’s wedding showing how much he loves his son and how far they have come since

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