Kite Runner: Baba and Amir

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In the novel “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini, one of the main themes is the influence and importance of the father-son relationship, specifically the influence and importance that Amir’s father has on him from his early childhood all throughout his life and into his own experiences as a father. Throughout the novel, Baba, Amir’s father, guides Amir through certain events which are crucial to his coming-of-age, and does it in a way in which it is not always clear what his intentions are. Baba takes Amir out of Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion, and while not specific events, he leads Amir by example, and helps him to get out of his shell and experience America at last. Throughout the novel, Amir makes it very clear that he aspires to become Baba’s favorite, and generally wants to be in good graces with his father. What he does not realize is that he already is in good graces, being Baba’s son, as Baba views his duty as a father to be the most important aspect of his life, and always strives to protect his sons. This is most evident when Baba risks all of his possessions, his career, and his own safety, in order to evacuate his son from Afghanistan before the Soviets invade and take over. Baba had been leading a very successful life in Kabul, but when news of the Russian invasion came, he evacuated his son and himself as fast as possible, leaving “dishes smeared with kofta....laundry in the wicker basket...Baba’s business suits hanging in the closet.” (Hosseini 112) Baba left Afghanistan physically, but he also left emotionally, which took a great deal of maturity to do, and while Amir did not realize it at the time, this act instilled in Amir the knowledge that he might have to me the mature one when he became a father. Throughout their trip out of Afghanistan, Amir incurs what he sees as ridicule from his father and humiliation for his fathers actions. He believes his father ridicules his weakness as he “lifted the tarpaulin, and threw up over the side...
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