Amir and Baba's Father-son Relationship

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Amir, the main character of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, is a boy who longs for the admiration and acceptance of his father. Baba and Amir cannot have the relationship Amir desires because of the characteristics and expectations of each other. Amir wants to have Baba all to himself, Amir is weak in Baba’s eyes and Amir is not how Baba envisioned his son. All in all, Amir just wants to be respected by his father. Amir wishes to have his father all to himself, he wants to spend time with Baba without anyone else. Also, Amir wants to be Baba’s favourite and for Baba to give all his attention to him. Amir’s longing for time alone with Baba is shown when Baba takes him to Ghargha Lake. Baba asks Amir to invite Hassan as well, Amir lies to Baba, telling him that Hassan has the runs. By lying to his father, Amir shows he is willing to take a risk simply to spend one-on-one time with father. Amir’s desire to have Baba all to himself is shown again after finding out Hassan’s tenth birthday present. After finding out Baba had organized for a surgeon to fix Hassan’s harelip he said, “I [wish] I too had some kind of scar that would beget Baba’s sympathy.” (Hosseini 50). He directly says that he is envious of the sympathy Baba gives Hassan due to his harelip. Again, Amir’s jealousy of Baba’s treatment of Hassan is shown as they are buying kites for the kite fighting tournament. When Amir would ask for a better kite, Baba would get him one, as well as one for Hassan. This makes Amir jealous and he says, “Sometimes I [wish] he wouldn’t do that. [Wish] he would let me be the favourite.” (Hosseini 54). Once more, Amir directly states that he was jealous that Hassan was treated equal to himself. Amir believes that since he is the only son of Baba, he should be treated better than their servant. Therefore, Amir wants to have all of Baba’s respect, attention and admiration all

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