Kite Runner Relationship Analysis

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Amir is a man in The Kite Runner from Kabul, Afghanistan who was forced to flee Afghanistan with his father, whom he calls Baba, because of a waging war that has torn the country apart. This seems like it would mean they loved each other from the start with all the things they have been through, but that could not be farther from the truth. This essay will analyse the relationship between the two characters, Amir and Baba, and explain how their conflicts affect the story’s meaning. The atrocious relationship between Amir and Baba compels the novel in ways a happy relationship wouldn’t and also develops the characters in important ways.

The idea of having a bad parent and child relationship within a book is not a new one. As a matter
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Right at the start Amir’s mother died because of his birth and Baba and Amir’s mother were really close which could be the start of everything, that could be why Baba doesn’t like Amir as he should. Another wrench in the whole reasoning, though, is that throughout the book there are parts where it seems like Baba loves Hassan more than he loves Amir “It wasn’t fair. Hassan hadn’t done anything to earn Baba’s affections; He’d just been born with that stupid harelip.” (46) Later on the fact that Hassan is the child of Baba and Sanaubar, Hassan’s mother and Ali’s ex wife, surfaces which adds a whole new element of disgust towards Baba and Rahim Khan since Rahim knew about. This also explains why Baba loved Hassan because Baba was Hassan’s genetic father. Even more hatred and disgust is formed towards Baba when Amir realises Baba broken his number one rule, don’t be a thief “And now, fifteen years after I’d buried him, I was learning that Baba had been a thief. And a thief of the worst kind, because the things he’d stolen had been sacred: from me the right to now I had a brother, from Hassan his identity, and from Ali his honor. His nang. His namoos.” (225) This section is really deep in meaning with Amir just finding out Baba had lied and had been a thief, Amir being told that he must go to Kabul, which is currently war torn and unsafe, to save Sohrab the son of his illegitimate brother Hassan, who is now dead, and to top it all off that he finds out that Rahim Khan doesn’t have much time to live and will probably die by the end of Summer. All of this mixed together with a bit of past remorse and a family he loves and cares for in America makes for one of the most emotionally compelling parts of the novel. It seems like all the problems Amir is facing at that moment have been caused by Baba and his mistakes.

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