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Amir, The Boy who was ‘looked at, not seen, listened to, not heard’

No person is born good or bad; it’s his surroundings that mould his character and make him who he is. People often criticize a person by the actions he takes but they seldom take into consideration the atmosphere he was living in, that might have led him to take such vile decisions. Amir is one of the characters In The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini, who was mistaken by many readers to be an iniquitous person for watching his servant Hassan get raped and not stopping the act. However, only few readers understand that he did what he did to earn his father’s approval. Through out the book, Amir was knuckling down for his father’s affection and his obsession to be the perfect son blurred out the fine line between good and bad, and made him take odious actions.

Baba was one of the wealthiest and noble men in Kabul. People looked up to him and honored him for his courage and the principles he stood up for. Amir being the only child of one of the most dignified men was put under immense pressure to be the perfect son. People around him and Baba himself expected him to grow up to be like Baba. However, Amir turned out to be nothing like his father. Baba was into sports while Amir liked to stay in his room reading books. Baba was a brave hero who stood up for justice while Amir was a coward who did what was beneficial to him. Amir thought it was his responsibility to be like his father and follow his footsteps. He said, “The least I could have done was to have the decency to have turned out a little more like him. But I hadn’t turned out like him. Not at all” (19). They were different in zillion ways that Amir sometimes wondered if he was even Baba’s child.

Despite all the differences, Amir still wished to be like his father. He wanted to make his father proud but was always looked down upon by Baba. Baba wanted a son who would get to the field and play football, a son who would stand up...
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