The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner


The Expectations Of Son

Love and tension between father and sonAs much as Amir loves Baba, he rarely feels Baba fully loves him back. Amir’s desire to win Baba’s love motivates him not to stop Hassan’s rape. Baba has difficulty connecting with Amir. He feels guilty treating Amir well when he can’t acknowledge Hassan as his son. As a result, he is hard on Amir, and he can only show his love for Hassan indirectly, by bringing Hassan along when he takes Amir out. For instance, paying for Hassan’s lip surgery.

Baba diesBaba comes down with lung cancer, but he refuses to receive surgery. His death affects everyone. Many people talk about what a generous person he was and how it is such a pity that he died. Amir felt guilty because he had disappointed his father so much when he was young.

Baba is proud, independent, and determined. He sets the moral bar in the novel. When Amir is a boy, Baba’s major concern about him is that he doesn’t have the courage to stand up for himself. Baba places great value on doing what is right. He worries if Amir can’t stand up for himself as a boy, he will not be able to as an adult. Baba follows through on these beliefs in his own behavior. When he and Amir flee Kabul, he is willing to sacrifice his life to keep the Russian guard from the woman with them, and in doing so he sets an example for Amir. The move to America is very difficult for Baba, who is used to being wealthy and well-respected in his community. He goes from having wealth and a position of power to working a low-paying job at a gas station and living modestly.

The Cleft LipThe split in Hassan’s lip acts as a mark of Hassan’s status in society. It signifies his poverty because a cleft lip indicates that he and his family do not have the money to fix the deformity.

KiteThe kite serves as a symbol of Amir’s happiness as well as his guilt. Flying kites is what he enjoys most as a child. We believe it is because it is the only way that he connects fully with Baba, who was once a champion kite fighter. But the kite takes on a different significance when Amir allows Hassan to be raped because he wants to bring the kite back to Baba. His recollections after that portray the kite as a sign of his betrayal of Hassan.

The LambIn Islam, the lamb signifies the sacrifice of an innocent. Amir describes both Hassan and Sohrab as looking like lambs waiting to be slaughtered. Amir says this during Hassan’s rape, saying that Hassan resembled the lamb they kill during the Muslim celebration of Eid Al-Adha, which honors Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son for God. He also describes Sohrab as looking like a slaughter sheep when he first sees Sohrab with Assef.

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