Explore the Relationship Between Amir and Baba. Essay examples

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Explore the relationship between Amir and Baba.

Throughout the novel The Kite Runner, the relationship between Amir and Baba has many ups and downs, the reader sees it broaden as Amir grows older and it is clear that deep down their relationship is strong.
Amir tells the reader during his dream that he ‘can never tell Baba from the bear.’ This gives the impression that Baba is strong and rugged in appearance. It is important that the reader knows that Baba is the narrator’s father; due to the unconditional love we expect between father and son, Amir’s opinion may well be biased. Indirectly, the reader can make an opinion on Baba, and his relationship with Amir, through his speech and actions as described by Amir. The reader is told
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The problems between Baba and Amir go deeper than Amir’s former failure as an athlete. They have never genuinely connected on an emotional level, so in a way, they don’t really know each other. Baba can’t see any of himself in Amir, and therefore doesn’t know how to connect with him. He expresses his frustration to his friend Rahim Khan in the quotation “He needs someone who… understands him, because God knows I don’t. But something about Amir troubles me in a way that I can’t express. It’s like…’ the ellipsis in the quote shows uncertainty. Baba doesn’t quite know how to say what he wants to without sound like a bad father or person, hence the pauses.
It is ironic how Amir tries so hard to impress his father the quotation ‘ I saw Baba on our roof. He was standing on the edge, pumping both of his fists. Hollering and clapping. And that right there was the single greatest moment of my twelve years of life, seeing Baba on that roof, proud of me at last.’ This shows that when he finally won the prize of his father’s attention he lost his loyal best friend and half brother Hassan only a few hours later by allowing him to sacrifice himself so Amir could exchange his winning kite for his father’s acceptance. But Baba’s love went as soon as it arrived, Amir was quickly becoming an outsider again, there were only so many people Baba could brag to, the glory was short-lived. Again Amir was left out of the hilarious

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