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Characterization of Baba vs General Taheri

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Cameron Douglas

on 13 April 2015

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Tribe and Religion
Since Baba and the General are from the same social class, both are
-Well respected
Since Amir grew up in a non-traditional way (Baba's views on religion) you would think that he and Soyara would disagree with their opinions on such topics, but they have a lot more in common than most would think.

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Characterization of Baba vs General Taheri
• Not religious
• Not traditional
General Taheri
•Very religious
•Very traditional

Personality of Baba and General Taheri
The two men have several differences, but they also have many similarities

• Brave

• Honorable



• Non-emotional

Not religious

• Strong willed
• Loving
• Caring


General Taheri
• Outgoing
• Passive




• Arrogant
• Kind
• Strong willed
• Proud

How the two compare
• Strong willed
• Loving
• Caring
• Proud
I believe the fact that Baba and the general are so similar is one of the reasons why the general allowed Amir to marry Soyara.He knew that Amir would turn out like his father,and since he approves of Baba,and his fathers before him, he was okay with his daughter marrying a man of this type.
How the Two Differ
• Callous
• Distant
• Non-emotional
• Not religious
General Taheri
• Traditional
• Religious
• Arrogant
• Kind (always)
While they are very different, by the time we meet the general, Baba and Amir have already begun to bond and become friends. So Baba actually resembles the general more by this time in the novel than differs him.
Relationships With Their Kids
Baba and Amir
Baba is always very hard on Amir. He feels that Amir doesn't represent him the way he wants Amir to.
Baba always wishes Amir could be like Hassan, brave, courageous, honest
. But Amir just isn't a normal Pashtun boy. He p
refers writing stories
and having
Hassan stick up to the bullies
than do it himself. Which is why Baba admires Hassan's character over Amir's. Baba does love Amir, but is distant to him because
he feels guilty because he can't publicize his love for Hassan because he is Baba's illegitimate child.
Although when Baba and Amir emigrate to the States, Baba doesn't have to constantly face Hassan, so he can finally relax and try to love Amir like he deserves to be loved. Which is
why Baba and Amir finally begin to bond and have a relationship as friends in America.

General Taheri is
very traditional
, especially in his role as father. He is very protective of his daughter, Soyara. He was cautious to allow Amir to marry his daughter, but since he knew Baba and how good of a man he was, he allowed it. But even after Amir and Soyara got married, and wanted to start a family, he
never encouraged it because that would be approving of his daughter having sex with a man,
even if that man was her husband. But nevertheless, he loves is daughter and would do whatever to keep her safe and happy. He's very
proud of her
intelligence, especially in school. He just wishes she would do something to make her successful. (Not teaching)
General Taheri and Soyara
Relationships With the Afghan Community
Both Baba and General Taheri are
popular with the Afghan community
due to their

wealth and reputation
. Both Baba and the general are
Pashtun and Sunni,
therefore they are already at the top of the social pyramid, with their wealth, they're even higher up. Both men are well respected and this causes them to be
very liked through out the community
. Which is very insightful when Baba dies and many familiar faces come to his funeral, because you get to see just how many people from the same city that Baba and Amir fled from, came to the States when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Also, the word of Baba's death made it across the ocean. That's how
respected and liked he was.
He fell ill, and people across the world heard about it. This shows how
tight knit
the Afghan community is.
At first, Baba
didn't understand the American ways
, it confused and made him uncomfortable. But eventually he adjusted, just not as quickly as Amir.
When Baba and Amir came to America, they were put on
, and
given food stamps
. But Baba wouldn't have any of it. He was going to
work for his food,
not let the government just give him some. He was
too proud
to be handed anything. If he and Amir were going to eat, they were going to have to
earn it.

General Taheri
The general was fine with food stamps and being on welfare. He
didn't feel obligated to work
. He felt it was beneath him. He would
rather cash government checks
than degrade himself with
work unsuitable
for a man of his stature.
• "I am a baby in that photograph and Baba is holding me...in his arms, but it's Rahim Khan's pinky my fingers are curled around."
• "Baba would buy it for me -- but then he'd buy it for Hassan too. Sometimes I wished he wouldn't do that. WIshed he'd let me be the favorite."
• "Baba was hobbling up the Taheri's driveway for one last fatherly duty."
• "People had to drive three or four blocks north of the mosque to find a spot."
• " [Amir] could see lines of cars pulling in,"
• "groups of mourners lined up and greeted me on their way out. Dutifully, [Amir] shook their hands. Many of them [Amir] barely knew."
• "In over three years running the gas station, Baba had never called in sick."
• "[the general] had kept his family on welfare and had never had a held a job in the U.S., preferring to cash government-issued checks than degrading himself work unsuitable for a man of his stature--"
• "But no one ever doubted the veracity of any story about Baba."
• "Baba decided to build an orphanage. ...Baba had drawn the blueprints himself despite the fact that he'd had no architectural experience at all. Skeptics had urged him to stop his foolishness and hire an architect. Of course, Baba refused, and everyone shook their heads in dismay at his obstinate ways. Then Baba succeeded and everyone shook their heads in awe at his triumphant ways."
• "...there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft."
• "...why was it always grown-ups'
time with him?"
• "[Amir] turned around. Came face-to-face with General Taheri. "Amir jan. Our aspiring storyteller. What a pleasure," he said. He was smiling thinly. [the general extended his hand] toward Soyara. She gave him the pages... He dropped the olled pages in the garbage can..."You know, bachem, I have grown rather fond of you. You are a decent boy, I really believe that, but...even decent boys need reminding sometimes." He smiled, revealing his pefectly even teeth."
• "the general did not approve of women drinking alcohol,"
• "Bachem, this adoption...thing, I'm not so sure it's for us Afghans"
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