The Kite Runner: American Dream

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“The Kite Runner,” a book by Khaled Hosseini discusses the bonds between friendship and parents and children. In the middle of the book Baba and Amir had to flee to Fremont, California to escape the Soviet Invasion leaving Hassan and his father in a dreadful destiny. Baba and Amir have been living there for two years now and Baba has been trying to adjust to life in America ever since. He feels disconnected from everything he knows. Moving from Kabul was a U-turn for Baba as he had no idea it would be so difficult to fit in to American society. His life in Kabul was much simpler since he was wealthy and had servants doing work for him. But now he has to learn the difficulties of working for a living and to reserve his past in Kabul. The American Dream has impacted Baba negatively. He has experienced great difficulty adjusting to America especially with his worsening health condition and his lifestyle becoming somewhat more average.

Babas’ move to America caused his life to become more complicated than he had originally anticipated. To begin with, Baba was not use to the area as Amir describes: “But the Bay Area’s smog stung his eyes, the traffic noise gave him headaches, and the pollen made him cough. The fruit was never sweet enough, the water never clean enough, and where were all the trees and open fields?” (Hosseini 133). Baba’s physical reaction to the Bay Area environment shows that America is may not be as clean as Kabul’s standards and it also implied that Baba’s body is very sensitive due to his immediate reaction to the noise of traffic, pollen, and unsweetened fruit. Since he has lived in Kabul all his life and has never experienced a foreign country, it shows how attached he was to Afghan society. Kabul was never considered an unclean place to him. It was pure, natural and untouched by pollutants of the western world. Also, when Baba entered a convenient store one day, the manager had asked for his ID, he reacted insultingly: “What kind of...
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