Parent Child Relationships And The Kite Runner And Shakespeare 's Hamlet

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Parent-child Relationships in Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and Shakespeare’s Hamlet

In both texts, Hamlet and The Kite Runner, Hamlet and Amir, each have a relationship with their father, that plays a huge role in their lives. They idolize their fathers and strive to attain their approval; no matter the consequences. Furthermore, their fathers’ past actions and conflicts heavily influence their fates and their identities dramatically.
In, The Kite Runner, Amir places his father on such a high pedestal and continues to vie for his attention and approval throughout his life. He describes his father as a “force of nature” (Hosseini, 13) and is very proud of his father’s accomplishments, as when his father is giving his opening speech at the orphanage and gives him his hat, he says “I was glad, because then everyone would see that he was my father” (Hosseini, 16). In his eyes, his father is so morally just and is incapable of committing sins. Moreover, he believes that his father is very brave and honourable, as when he saves the woman from being raped, he calls him a “hero” and sees the husband kiss his father’s hand, “something [he’d] seen many others do” (Hosseini, 124). In essence, his father is everything he is not and at times he questions if he is “really Baba’s son” (Hosseini, 122). Consequently, he tries to do everything in his power to attain his approval and fit the image of a son he wants to see in him. He even pretends to take up an interest in soccer, just to have…

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