Essay about The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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Becoming A Man In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Baba is trying to teach Amir one thing, how to be a man. Amir struggles to replicate what Baba models for Amir his whole life. Amir is constantly looking for “The Trophy”, at one point thinking that the kite would be the thing to bring him and Baba closer. What he does not realize is Baba had been handing him the key to the greatest trophy of all, the title of “man”. “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything”(22). Baba tries to teach Amir how to stand up for himself and others his whole childhood, but it is not until Amir migrates to America that he takes those examples and applies them to his own life, maturing himself into a man. Amir never stands up for himself in his youth. He always uses others to execute his dirty deeds for him. Consequently, Baba cannot recognize Amir as a man. Baba identifies a man as someone who can hold his ground. Baba prevailed against the critics who did not believe he could achieve his dreams. He was told “running a business wasn’t in his blood and he should study law like his father”(15). He disproves them, however, by becoming one of the “richest merchants in Kabul”(15). Also told that he would never marry well, Baba invalidates them by marrying Sofia, “one of Kabul’s most...beautiful, and virtuous ladies...a descendant of the royal family”(15), and he would always rub that “fact in skeptics’ faces by referring to her as ‘my princess’”(15).…

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