Kite Runner

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Annabelle CurtisCurtis 1
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Universal Theme

The Fragility of Father-Son Relationships

“Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors” (Hosseini 21). Rahim Khan said to Baba when he talks about Amir lacking manly qualities; he explains to Baba that he shouldn’t force a child to be like them. All fathers’ parenting style is different from a mothers’ parenting style when it comes to a male child. What a male child need the most is his fathers’ guidance most especially if the child’s mother isn’t present. In KhaledHosseni’s novel, The Kite Runner, a story of a boy who has an absent mother, and longed for his father’s love and did everything to get until the point that he even gave up an important friendship with his childhood friend. Another two novels that parallel the story is Chinua Achebe’s, Things Fall Apart and Salman Rushdie’s, Haroun and the Sea of Stories. In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe tells a story of a man who fills himself with fear due to his father’s reputation, but Salman Rushdie’s novel deals with reconciliation of a son to a father --- three magnificent novels with three different cultures that imply the fragility of a father-son relationship. In the novels, The Kite Runner, Things Fall Apart, and Haroun& the Sea of Stories the theme that takes part is “The Fragility of a Father-Son Relationship Impacts a Child’s Life”.

The father-son relationship between Okonkwo and his father, Unouka in Things Fall Apart is broken by the lack of care. Unouka is a non-titled, carefree musician who is very lazy and full of debts; he barely tried working for his family. But Onkonkwo, on the other side, he hated his father and never looked up to him. He’s the exact opposite of his father; he’s a strong, hard-working and well-titled man on his tribe. He feared to be walking on his dad’s footsteps, “Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest, lived in...
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