In the book
“The Kite Runner”, the relationship between Amir and Baba isn’t always stable. Like
many common relationships, it has its highs and lows. In the beginning of the novel,
the narrator notifies the reader that Amir is seeking the respect and approval
of his father, Baba. Baba’s actions portray that he isn’t pleased with his Amir’s
desire and aspiration to live accordingly with the social, cultural, and
physical expectations that he had set for him. This novel revolves around redemption.
“Redemption is the act of saying or
being saved from sin, error or evil”, which Amir is constantly searching for.
Amir lives with that guilt he has caused upon his father as he grew. Amir’s
father’s words still echo in his head, “A boy who won’t stand up for
himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” (Hosseini 24). Even
though Amir destroyed the lives of many, God gives him multiple opportunities
to redeem himself. As the novel
progresses, Amir goes on a quest to prove to his father that he can be the man
he wants him to be, by winning the kite tournament in Kabul, traveling back to
Afghanistan to get Hassan child, Sohrab, and standing up against General
the story line progresses, Amir often feels that his father does not truly show
love to him compared to the way he shows love for Hassan. Baba is not proud of
what Amir has become. Instead of playing sports like soccer, Amir would rather
be at home reading novels. Baba also does not like how he doesn’t stick up for
himself. To simplify, Baba is mad that Amir turned out nothing like himself nor
like Hassan. In Amir’s childhood, he believes that he can never win over his
father’s love. In addition, he believes that Baba blames him for his mother’s
death which adds guilt to his character. During one night, Amir eavesdrops on a
conversation between Baba and Rahim Khan. Baba says, “But he’s always
buried in those books or shuffling around the house like he’s lost in some
dream” (Hosseini 21). Baba thinks that there is something wrong with his
son. “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 23). Baba does not want to accept
Amir for how he acts and what his personality is. Instead, he deals with it by
not getting overly involved with Amir. From that point on, Amir strived to do
anything in his power in order to please his father. He set a goal for himself
to win the kite tournament that began the next day. Eventually, he won the
tournament. It made Baba open up his eyes a little more in seeing that his son
really does have a little bit of himself in him. Although, major guilt built up
in him which will make him hate for the rest of his life and that was letting
Hassan get raped for the blue kite.
next important move was to become more like to his father expectation. He
planned it by coming back to Afghanistan and saving Sohrab, which he soon finds
is his nephew, Hassan’s son. Amir feels that by doing this good deed, he is
proving that he was always there for Hassan and is recovering from his past
guilt. Regardless, he had failed Hassan when they were both kids, infamously by
letting him get raped. Amir thinks this is a form of redemption and being the
man he needs to be so can live up to his father’s expectation. When rescuing
Sohrab, Amir is forced to face his enemy Assef, whom he fights and prevails
with the help of Sohrab. He uses a slingshot to hit Assef’s eye, allowing him
and Sohrab to escape. “What was so funny was that, for the first time since the
winter of 1975 I felt at peace. I laughed because I saw that, in some nook in
the corner of my mind, I had been looking forward to this” (Hosseini 24). Amir felt
calm and happy after Assef almost tried to kill him. From his point of view, he
thinks fighting with Assef is finally showing that he would do anything for his
family, and in a way, finally redeem himself for his past sins. Even though he
does not defeat Assef by himself, he had the courage to confront him and live
up to his father words by being a true man he is today and saving his family.
of his last steps to achieve his father’s expectation of Amir was by telling
General Taheris they were adopting Sohrab. One day, General Taheri said,
“People will ask. They will want to know why there is a Hazara boy living
with our daughter. What do I tell them?” (Hosseini 24). Amir was shocked
by this statement, he stood up to the General and told him that Sohrab was the
son of his half-brother and never to call him a “Hazara boy” ever
again. “Hassan is dead now. That boy sleeping on the couch is Hassan’s son.
He’s my nephew. That’s what you tell people when they ask… And one more
thing, General Sahib, you will never again refer to him as ‘Hazara boy’ in my
presence. He has a name and it’s Sohrab”( Hosseini 24). This shows
Amir’s true side for standing up for Sohrab, once again trying to redeem
himself to Hassan and his father’s expectation by finally doing the right thing
and always standing up for his family.
conclusion, Khaled Hosseini wanted to compare the kite to the bond of the two
main characters in the novel, Baba and Amir. They try to share their feeling
throughout the book many times to keep their relationship high and stable like
the kite. However, the relationships goes downhill as if a kite was detached.
Amir tries to fix his guilt and attempts to achieve his father expectations,
just like how Amir was chasing after the kite once it came off to restore it.
In the end, Amir was able to show and fit the profile of Baba’s expectations.
This ultimately made his father happy knowing his son, Amir, is doing what he
always dreamed of as he laid on his deathbed.