The Relationship between a Parent and Their Child in Khaled Hosseini´s The Kite Runner

Decent Essays
In Khaled Hosseini’s novel “The Kite Runner”, he illustrates how he develops the characters through their words and actions. Being the main character, Amir is faced with the challenge of gaining his father’s affection/approval because he is Baba’s son. However, how Amir obtains his father’s affection/approval was through immoral ways. Baba on the other hand, had trouble showing his fatherly affection to Amir which causes bitterness within their father/son relationship. In this novel, we will explore how the relationship between a parent and a child is shown through their yearning of affection and how it can affect how one would be in the future. Baba is the most important person to Amir because he is Amir’s role model and world. How…show more content…
Baba is proud of Amir because he can finally say that his son is worthy of his title and to be able to show him off to the community. The relationship between a father and a son is vital because as young boys, they often look to their father as a figure who’ll help them along the way and to teach them all the things on becoming a good man in the future. Growing up, Amir has always had to compete for Baba’s attention whether it was against the orphanage Baba built or Hassan, his loyal Hazara servant. During a trip to Ghargha Lake, Hassan and Amir were skipping stones. While Amir had managed five skips, Hassan managed eight and “Baba was there, watching, and he patted Hassan on the back. Even put his arm around his shoulder” (14). Although Amir is Baba’s son, Baba seems to like Hassan more because he sees himself in Hassan more than Amir. Hosseini wrote “Most days I worshiped Baba with an intensity approaching the religious. But right then, I wished I could open my veins and drain his cursed blood from my body” (32). In Amir’s world, it revolves around Baba and getting his love, but since he is so different from Baba, he wishes that he wasn’t Baba’s son because he can never please Baba how he would like too. Amir knows it’s hard to gain Baba’s affection, but he still tries to gain it anyway. During the annual kite tournament, Amir got the chance to receive Baba’s affection when he cut down the last
Get Access