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Father Son Relationships in the Kite Runner
Transcript of Father Son Relationships in the Kite Runner
The Theme of Father-Son Relationships in the Kite Runner
Relationship in Fremont
Tensions between Father and Son
" A boy who can't stand up for himself will become a man who can't stand up to anything" (20)
"Of course, marrying a poet was one thing, but fathering a son who preferred burying his face in poetry books to hunting..... well, that wasn't how Baba had envisioned it, I suppose." (17)
The love and tension between Amir and Baba in their relationship contributes significantly to Amir's personality traits as he grows up
Similarities between Baba and Amir
Conditions for Relationship
Book is similar to most portrayals of arabic father-son relationships
Baba has a son from an affair (Hassan) that he cannot acknowledge as his own
Amir feels responsible for mother's death
Effect on the Rest of the Novel
One of the main reasons Amir betrays Hassan is because of Amir's complicated relationship with Baba
"As it turned out, Baba and I were more alike than I'd ever known. We both had betrayed the people who would have given their lives for us." (226)
Father- son relationships help to shape a person-- Amir's personality
Amir and Baba's relationship lasted & it helped to shape Amir
Would Amir and Baba's relationship be different if Hassan was not Baba's son? How?
How do you think their relationship would change if the setting was another country?
Amir and Baba struggle to connect
Differences in morals & interests
"I cried all the way back home.....I will never forget Baba's valiant efforts to conceal the disgusted look on his face as he drove in silence."(19)
Relationship in Kabul
Closer-- they rely on each other
Baba is accepting of Amir, vice versa