Father And Son Relationships In The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner is an eventful novel packed with emotions, drama, and plot twists. Following the story of Amir, a young Afghani boy, is a riveting and exciting tale of a young boy’s transition to adulthood. Throughout his life, he faces obstacles and enemies that he must overcome. Many events in the story center around three major themes: Father and Son, Guilt and Redemption, and Power and Privilege.
Father and Son The relationship between a father and son is portrayed as the most important bond. Sons deeply respect their fathers as seen with Amir to Baba, Hassan to Ali, and Sohrab to Hassan. The fact that both Amir and Hassan’s favorite story “Rostam and Sohrab” (Hosseini 29), a sad tale of a son and father, shows the importance and impact of father and son relations on them. Throughout his childhood, Amir tries his best to win Baba’s love. He views Baba as a person of influence, importance, and respect. Amir only wants his father’s love, so he listens to Baba’s conversations with friends, feigns interest in soccer, and tries to be Baba’s ideal son. Amir states himself that his first word was “Baba” (Hosseini 11). In chapter 7 of the Kite Runner, Amir shows that he is willing to sacrifice Hassan, whom he considers a brother, to win the affection of Baba. In order to preserve the winning blue
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Despite his settled life in America, he accepts Rahim’s offer to be good again because deep down Amir feels guilty for his childhood and knows he is not “good”. It takes Rahim a lot of pressuring and digging up old memories, but he is able to persuade Amir to go to Afghanistan because Amir does feel the need to redeem himself. The trip to Afghanistan is successful because Amir feels “saved” when Assef beats him (Hosseini 289). Amir finally feels redeemed because he received the punishment he felt he deserved years ago. During and after the beating, Amir feels happy and is able to move on from his

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