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Amir and Farid
Transcript of Amir and Farid
Although Amir was only there with Farid for a short time, Amir learns more about himself and the outside world than he ever has in 30+ years. Amir learns about the side of Afghanistan, controlled by the Taliban, that he was never accustomed to; all his life he always got everything handed to him from Baba. At Farid's brother house, he sees how hungry the family was. Even if they were limited on food, they still treated Amir as a proper guest and served him the precious food. He learns about the poverty and war that exists, and realizes how truly lucky he is. "That's the real Afghanistan, Agha sahib. That's the Afghanistan I know. You? You've always been a tourist here, you just didn't know it" (Hosseini 232). During the encounter with the Taliban, Farid scolds him for looking them in the eye. When Farid takes Amir to visit Baba's house, he tells him to "Just forget it all. Makes it easier" (Hosseini 263).
As Amir goes on this journey with Farid, he learns more about himself through the eyes of someone who barely even knows him. The way the kids eye his food at Farid’s house teaches Amir how lucky he is and how much he should value the things he has. What he takes for granted every day are what these kids in Kabul die for. Farid is very rude to him when he first meets him, and makes many assumptions about him. Later on, Amir realizes that some of the assumptions were true but Farid helps Amir discover his true self-worth; his actions were an act of redemption to relieve his guilt.
Throughout Amir's journey, there were many cultural differences brought about between his own self and Farid...
1. Parenti, Christian. "Who Rules Afghanistan." Ebscohost.com.ezproxy.aclibrary.org. Nation Company, 15 Nov. 2004. Web. 18 Jan. 2014.
2. Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003. Print.
Amir and Farid
It's Amir-acle that they Farid so well.
By: Alysia Tran
& Sa'aadat Hussain
Amir and Farid's relationship goes through many stages as it evolves from a mutual dislike to a profound bond.
Amir is living in a well established neighborhood in San Francisco as a successful published writer. Farid is Amir's taxi driver in Kabul when he goes back for Rahim Khan.
Amir is living in a very nice area in San Francisco with his wife but no children.
"Afghanistan's economy is broken, its common people mercilessly exploited" (Parenti). Farid and Wahid's family are a part of these exploited common people whoa re left with little money and no food to feed themselves or their children.
Amir has always been very ignorant to reality, especially as a young boy; he never possessed a mean nature. As he matures, he grows thicker skin and learns to stand up for himself even when having to face the Taliban. Farid however was strong willed initially, but eventually lightened up later towards Amir.
Amir clearly grew up in a privileged home with servants for him and Baba. However, just meeting Farid we know that he didn't get half as many opportunities as Amir.
At first, Farid shows hostility and contempt towards Amir, saying that he had only gone back to Kabul to sell land and get even richer, however after Amir tells them of his real motives, he expresses shame at his assumptions. As the story progresses, Farid grows more and more fond of Amir, teaching him not to look the Taliban in the eye, even going so far as to arrange a meeting with the feared group for Amir's sake. To end things on a good note, Amir gives Farid and his family a considerable amount of money, and they part as good friends.