“If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.” –Epictetus What Epictetus is saying here is that brothers may not always get along or treat each other well, but in the end you should always remember him as your family and someone you love. In these three stories, The Sniper, The Most Dangerous Game, and The Scarlet Ibis, this is a concept that the brothers have a hard time relating to. In these stories the brothers have done awful things to each other and resent one another for it. The relationship of two brothers is a thing that can be very delicate and can be hurt easily, which is why the theme of brother vs. brother was a perfect theme to have in all three stories. Brother vs.
Except now that I had it, I felt as empty as this unkempt pool I was dangling my legs into.” (p. 85). It is in this way that Hosseini uses the kite symbol to develop irony; Amir believes that the kite would be the savior of his relationship with Baba, but in reality, it is only superficial love. Amir wanted to be like Baba, but he didn’t realize that he already was like Baba. He was incapable of having a real relationship with a person, and valued things like kite fighting over actual relationships. It is because of this that he betrays Hassan, and says, “He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” (p. 77).
From what you have read in chapter 4, how would you describe Amir? Amir is a complicated character whom can be either loved or hated by the reader at the same time. The reader feels sorry for Amir because he is longing for attention from his father, whom is not interested in his son's qualifications, but hates him for his treatment towards his best friend Hassan, whom is a loyal and faithful friend with unwavering attitude for him. In this novel, Amir faces with different situations and difficult decisions which make him act different for each one. He always feels guilty because of his violent birth, in which his mother died.
Hosseini shows us through Amir that even in the face of overwhelming odds, the human spirit has a determination to embrace the things that make life worth living. As children, Amir and Hassan shared an incredible bond that made them feel as if they were brothers. However, Hassan's rape by Assef maimed their friendship as Amir did nothing but watch. The encounter carving a deep scar in their lives, nothing was the same between the two of them. For the rest of his life, Amir regretted his lack of action and blamed himself for what he did to Hassan.
Wesley lives under the shadow of his brother Frank and as the story progresses he is slowly escaping it. However, despite Wesley’s wilted physique and lack of superiority in the Hayden family hierarchy, he possesses a great deal of moral virtue and mental strengths. First of all, Wesley’s leg injury leads to other factors to develop Wesley as a better and stronger man. In his life he goes through many obstacles, such as his failure to go to war, and thus becoming the underdog of the Hayden family. This is discovered when the patriarch, Julian Hayden, says to his son Wesley “Ever since the war…Ever since Frank came home in a uniform and you stayed home, you’ve been jealous” (118).
Hassan is a successful "kite runner" for Amir, knowing where the kite will land without even watching it. One triumphant day, Amir wins the local tournament, and finally Baba's praise. Hassan runs for the last cut kite, a great trophy, saying to Amir, "For you, a thousand times over." Unfortunately, Hassan runs into Assef and his two friends. Hassan refuses to give up Amir's kite.
He works long hours at a job he’s not good at and doesn’t truly enjoy, and he expects this kind of life for his sons. As Biff continues to not live up to his expectations, they clash constantly Biff’s failure to live his father’s dream life causes Willy to express constant disappointment in the man he’s become. Willy raised him to grow up sailing through life, believing that he can get by on being well-liked and admired. When this never culminates in the life Biff wanted, he has no idea of the direction he needs to go in. He can never hold down a job and develops a kleptomania habit.
Willy sees Ben frequently after he died. When Ben was alive he provided Willy with an example of the qualities he wants to implant on his two boys, Ben is a perfect example of a good looking, charming man that easily became rich. Willy would repeatedly explain how Ben travelled into the jungle and came out rich, thinking that it was an easy thing to do. After Ben dies, he switched to the role of an inhibitor, agreeing and helping Willy with his daily decisions. Both alive and dead Ben reminds Willy of his regret for not following him to Alaska and hitting it big, ‘’Why didn’t I go to Alaska with my brother Ben that time!
Okonkwo's one and only weakness was his fear of becoming a failure like his father. This fear drove Okonkwo to embrace the values of manliness and fueled his desire to be strong; which then drove him to rashness and in the end contributed to his death. Accepting the ways of manhood isn’t a sign of weaknesses, the problem is how narrowly he defines it. Okonkwo was part of a patriarchal society and the male gender was already established with great authority. For Okonkwo, however, any kind of softness and tenderness was a sign of weakness.