Amir is faced with many political and social barriers that force him to constantly please others rather than himself. The importance the book dictates about baba’s approval goes to show just how desperate a young boy could become for his father’s love and attention. The kite runner is a book that helps explain the importance of familial ties and the values of having a close bond with loved ones.
The relationship develop as the father prepares his son to understand his mistakes by helping him recognize right from wrong. In his novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini illustrates the importance of a father and son relationship which in turn affects the plot of the novel. Baba and Amir gains the ability to be a father as they demonstrate their differences of being a father to their son. Although Baba and Amir differ in facing their problems, which parallel, the enforcement of the empathetic fatherly figure they both suffer hardships for their sons’ benefit. To begin, The Kite Runner expresses the continuous redemption of Baba and Amir that they try to achieve.
Amir grows up with many strong people in his life that bring out his cowardly nature but when he is on his journey of redemption, the characters push him to become a strong person as well. Hosseini’s use of the character foil of Amir with Baba and Hassan highlights Amir’s cowardly characteristics and helps move the story along with how he must search for redemption to finally feel healed at last and become the man Baba wanted him to be. Amir’s desire for Baba’s attention led him to betray one of his best friends. Amir redeemed himself by taking in Sohrab and taking the role of the loving father that he never had. Amir finally realized that true redemption is when guilt and sin leads to good again.
“The Kite Runner” illustrates the conflict of man vs himself through several characters. Internal conflicts spark several chain reaction that lead to the development of characters and future dilemmas. Fighting an enemy can prove to be difficult especially if you are your own enemy; one cannot defeat themselves and resolve a problem such as the epic tale of David vs Goliath. The internal strife of characters is ongoing and can only be resolved through harmony and peace of mind. This proves to be true in the life of Amir but he does not know that while he battles against his wicked tendencies so are his loved ones.
While both father and son are consumed by guilt, the way in which they atone for their iniquities is dissimilar. While Baba attempts to live his life according to the Afghan saying, “ Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end...crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis [nomads]” (Hosseini 356), Amir strays from this traditional perspective. Baba chose to continue his life unmindful of his past, while Amir, eventually decides to confront his. Although both Baba and Amir have acted immorally, the choices they make find redemption affect the success of their individual attempts. In the novel, Amir’s quest for atonement is more effective than Baba’s because he acts virtuously, while his father, acts selfishly.
Courage and bravery are two characteristics Amir needs to gain acceptance not only from his father but also from himself. Amir overhears his father talking to Rahim Khan about him and Hassan. He hears his father say, “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up for anything,” (Hosseini 22). This saddens Amir, because he re... ... middle of paper ... ...ventures on a dangerous journey to mollify some of the regret Amir has inside of him. Thusly he finally gains his courage and stands up for what is just.
Baba is not there for Amir because he does not understand why Amir is not exactly like him. Baba speaks to Rahim Khan, his best friend and business partner, about his confusion with Amir, and doesn’t understand why his son’s interests aren’t similar to his own: “He’s always buried in those books or shuffling around the house like he’s lost in some dream…I wasn’t like that.’ Baba sounded frustrated, almost angry” (p.23). Baba is disappointed that his son is not a reflection of himself, carrying out the family name and business; and thus this creates tension between father and son: “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he’s my son... ... middle of paper ... ...ather, because he never gave up on Sohrab after the pain he felt in the orphanage. He treated him like a son, took interest in him, and finally got Sohrab to open up, leaving the book with a sense of hope for a better tomorrow because Amir has finally learned the true meaning of being a father. Khaled Hosseini uses the love-hate relationship and hardships between fathers and sons to demonstrate the necessity of an empathetic fatherly figure in one’s life.
“Like father like son” is a well known expression that holds true for many father and son relationships; yet this is not the case for Baba and Amir. The term father and son relationships, the father is a very important role model for his son, and everybody needs a fatherly figure. For one Babe isn’t there for Amir as a result that he is nothing like his father. In The Kite Runner Baba speaks to his business friend Rahim khan about his son and why aren’t they similar. “He’s always buried in those books or shuffling around the house like he’s lost in some dream I wasn’t like that”.
James Baldwin's "Notes of a Native Son" demonstrates his complex and unique relationship with his father. Baldwin's relationship with his father is very similar to most father-son relationships but the effect of racial discrimination on the lives of both, (the father and the son) makes it distinctive. At the outset, Baldwin accepts the fact that his father was only trying to look out for him, but deep down, he cannot help but feel that his father was imposing his thoughts and experiences on him. Baldwin's depiction of his relationship with his father while he was alive is full of loathing and detest for him and his ideologies, but as he matures, he discovers his father in himself. His father's hatred in relation to the white American society had filled him with hatred towards his father.
Amir looks for validation from his father and in Hassan, while Hassan looks for validation in Amir. This constant need to be accepted is directly proportional to the discrimination acted on these characters. It is not often that Amir’s love for Baba is returned. Baba feels guilty treating Amir well when he can’t acknowledge Hassan as his son. Baba discriminates against his son Amir by constantly making him feel weak and unworthy of his father.