28 March 2005
Homework # 11
Never Judge a Book by It’s Cover
Amir and Baba are completely deceived by each other’s looks. Baba always stood up for himself, and loved playing soccer; Amir on the other hand hates soccer, and is a coward. Amir and Baba don’t know that they really have a lot in common. The main similarity they share is guilt. Baba always had to live with the guilt that he cannot treat Hassan as his own child, because Baba made love to Ali’s wife. Amir has to live with the guilt of not aiding Hassan, when Hassan was being raped. Baba and Amir both kept their guilt to themselves. When Rahim Khan informs Amir about Baba’s secret Amir realizes how much he had in common with his father.
At the beginning of the book, Amir and Baba are completely opposites from each other. Baba sometimes doubts Amir is his 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” (23). When Baba was young, he loved to play soccer and other sports; Amir doesn’t like sports at all, he enjoys writing. Baba accepts Amir, but he does not show him the attention Amir deserves. “But Baba sensed my lack of genuine interest and resigned himself to the bleak fact that his son was never going to either play or watch soccer” (20). Baba was athletic and he always stood his ground. “Lore has it my father once wrestled a black bear in Baluchistan with his bare hands” (12). Amir is a complete coward. Amir runs away from all his problems, and sets them aside. Baba knew Amir’s fearfulness would be his ultimate downfall. “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.”(22). Amir doesn’t stand up for himself, or for Hassan.
Baba had to live his entire life knowing that Hassan was his child. Baba made love to Ali’s wife. The fact that Baba has betrayed his best friend Ali ruined Baba’s life. Baba couldn’t treat Hassan as his own child but as a servant. Baba tried to fix his problem by...
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