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DHSAP: THE KITE RUNNER: Father-Son Relationships
Transcript of DHSAP: THE KITE RUNNER: Father-Son Relationships
THE KITE RUNNER
: Father-Son Relationships and Afghan Customs
By: Katarina Jaksic
Stoker Period 4
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"Afghanistan - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette."
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The Kite Runner
. New York: Riverhead, 2003. Print.
The struggle begins early...
When Baba is explaining to Rahim Khan how he feels about Amir, he states, "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." (Hosseini, pg. 23)
Baba's statement clearly presents the cold and distant relationship he shares with his son, Amir. A level of understanding between them is absent and Baba fails to grasp the admiration Amir possesses towards activities other than sports. Most sons rely on their fathers for support throughout life, but Amir unfortunately struggles to gain respect and attention from his.
Honor is a very important quality to contain in Afghanistan. Family is the most sacred possession, and the leader of the house is responsible for keeping the honor of the family secure. Baba, being the leader of the house, feels as if Amir does not honor the family well. He does not act as other Afghan boys do and this frustrates him.
Hate is a strong word...
"Because the truth of it was, I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn't I?" (Hosseini, pg. 19)
Amir feels as though his father holds an uncontrollable hatred towards him. It is common under any cultural custom for the son to feel obligated to impress his father. Due to the death of his mother while giving birth to him, Amir is stuck feeling as though he is just something his father resents. This makes it difficult for him to try and create any possible father-son relationship between Baba and him.
Afghan boys are treated with high respect in their family. At an early age they are given large responsibilities over the family while their father is away at work. Amir feels as though he does not receive the respect he yearns for so badly from his father.
When Baba explains to Amir how he feels on Amir's wedding day he explains, "It's the happiest day of my life, Amir." (Hosseini, pg. 166)
The rain has gone...
After years and years of tribulation, when Amir and Baba arrived in America they finally reached the bond Amir had always dreamed of. Father-son relationships tend to have to overcome great troubles to reach success. Baba's declining health also played a factor, for Baba did not have many people left to care for him besides his son Amir. Amir had also grown to become a man Baba had finally respected.
During the 1990's, the Taliban had taken over control of Afghanistan. An estimated one million people fled the country for refuge from the Taliban. Amir and Baba escaped to America to seek a better situation, which lead to a better relationship between them as well.
"As it turned out, Baba and I were more alike than I'd ever known." (Hosseini, pg. 226)
The truth is revealed...
A father and son tend to be very similar to each other, whether they are willing to admit it or not. At times they share their best qualities with one another, and at other times they reveal their worst traits. For Amir and Baba, they both turned out to be liars and betrayers. After a long journey of suffering to create a short-lived bond with his father, Amir must come to the realization all sons every son inevitably reaches. He is just like his father.