In “A boy who won’t stand up for himself

In the book “The
Kite Runner”, The relationship between Amir and Baba always has their ups and
downs. At the beginning of the book, the narrator tells us that Amir is looking
for respect and approval of his father, Baba. Baba’s actions show that he feels
that his son is not living up to his social, cultural, and physical expectations
that he had for him. This novel revolves around redemption. “Redemption is the
act of saying or being saved from sin, error or evil”, which the main character
Amir seems to constantly search for. Amir lives with that guilt he has caused over
the years. Amir’s fathers words still echo through his head “A boy
who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything”(PG24). Even
though Amir destroyed the lives of many, God gives him more than one
opportunity to redeem himself again. Amir eventually fulfill his father
expectations by winning the kite tournament in Kabul, traveling back to Afghanistan
to get Hassan child, Sohrab, and standing up against general Taheri.         

 

Throughout
the novel, the main character Amir,
often feels his father does not truly show love to him compared to the way he
shows love for Hassan. One of the main character Baba, is not proud of what his
son, Amir has become.

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Instead of playing sports like soccer, Amir would rather
be at home and read novels. Baba also does not like how he doesn’t stick up for
himself. In short terms, baba is mad that Amir turned out nothing like him. In
Amir Childhood, he basically explains to us that feels like he can never win
over his father’s Love. Also, he thinks that Baba blames him for his mother’s
death and also makes him feels responsible for it. During one night, Amir eavesdrops
a conversation between Baba and Rahim Khan. Baba starts talking, “But he’s
always buried in those books or shuffling around the house like he’s lost in
some dream” (21). Baba thinks that there is something wrong with his son.

Baba ends the talk by saying, “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” (23). Baba does not
want to accept Amir for how he acts and what his personality is. Instead, he
just deals with it by not getting overly involved with Amir. From that point
on, Amir will try to do anything in his power to please his father and make him
proud, so he set a goal for himself to win the kite tournament that was going
to happen the next day. And eventually that day came, and he won the kite
tournament and made baba open up his eyes a little more in seeing that his son
really does have empathy in him. But he also caused a major guilt in life that
he will hate for the rest of his life and that was letting Hassan get raped for
the blue kite.

 

Amir
next important move to coming closer to his father expectation was by coming
back to Afghanistan and saving Sohrab, which he soon finds out it is his nephew
and Hassan son. Amir feels that by doing
this good deed, he is proving that he was always there for Hassan all along and
is removing his guilt from the past action. Regardless,
he had failed Hassan when they were both kids, and also letting him get raped. Amir
think this is a form of redemption for him and being the man he needs to be so
can live up to his father expectation. When rescuing Sohrab, Amir is forced to
face his enemy Assef, who he fights and defeat with the help of Sohrab. He uses
a slingshot to hit Assef’s eye, letting Amir 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”(pg303). This quote explains how Amir feels calm, and
happy after Assef almost tried to kill him. In his point of view, he thinks taking
that beating from Assef is him finally showing that he would do anything for
Hassan, and in a way, finally redeeming himself for sins he did in the past.

But even though he does not defeat Assef by himself, he has confronted him with bravery, and lived up to his
father words by being a true man he is today and saving his family.

 

One of his
last steps into achieving his father redemption was 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?”(chapter 24). Amir was so shocked, that he stood up to the general
and told him that Sohrab was the son of his  half-brother and told him never to call him a
“Hazara boy” in front of him 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”(chapter 24) This shows Amir true side for  standing up for Sohrab, once again trying to
redeem himself to Hassan and his father expectation by finally doing the right
thing and always standing by his family side.

 

In
conclusion, Khaled Hosseini’s
wants to  compare the kite to the bond of the two main characters in the novel.

Baba and Amir try to share their feeling throughout the book many times, so
they can keep their relationship high and stable like a the kite. However, the
relationships goes down hill like a kite getting 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 gain Baba expectations, making his father have a happy death
bed to his that his son is doing fine in his life.