It was not external, but lay deep within him. It was the fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father. Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala. That was how Okonkwo first came to know that agbala was not only another name for a woman, it could also mean a man who had taken to title. And so Okonkwo was ruled by one passion – to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved.
Assef idolized Hitler and hated Hazaras. As usual Hassan stood up for Amir; he got Assef to leave by aiming his slingshot at Assef’s eye. It was because of situations like these that Baba admired Hassan and wished that Amir was more like him. Baba in fact considered Amir to be weak and cowardly, when speaking to Rahim Khan at the end of Chapter 3 he says, “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.” It’s Amir’s desire for Baba’s approval and cowardly character which later causes him to let Assef rape Hassan. Even before Amir betrays him, Hassan makes him feel guilty simply by being such a righteous person.
Like Jack, Hamlet loved his father and then lost him, resulting in a new father figure to replace the old. This new father figure, Claudius, disrespects Hamlet’s father which ends up being disrespectful to Hamlet himself. By marrying Gertrude shortly after the King’s death, Hamlet thinks Claudius is a “Bloody, bawdy villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous kindless villain!” (Lines 540-541) The exception of both Jack and Hamlet’s refusal to respect their parents is because they both
Amir only has one thing on his mind in the beginning of the novel, he is ambitious for his father's affection and approval. Amir is very different than his father, Baba. For example, he enjoys reading and writing and he is a coward. Baba sees this as a weakness, and since Baba is a strong, brave and confident man he disapproves of his son which leads him to give Amir less affection than he would if the two were more alike. The less affection Baba gives Amir, the more he wants it.“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.” This directly shows how ashamed
The connections between Amir, Hassan and Sohrab are significant examples. Hassan risks his life to protect Amir when Assef picks up on him for playing with a Hazara, and later on, Sohrab also saves Amir’s live when they encounter Assef again. However, Amir doesn’t have the courage to stand up for Hassan when he was assault sexually by Assef. Amir’s guilt for letting that happens has led to his redemption for Hassan by trying to save Sohrab, Hassan’s son. Like father like son, Baba also falls on the same track of sin towards Ali, whom he sees as his brother.
Look like all they want to do is knock you down.” Enoch tells Haze about his abusive father and this mean lady he lived with before he came there. It really makes me wonder if Enoch ever had anybody to talk to and that is why he is so strong on Haze; because Haze is listening. Enoch tells Haze that he has “wise blood”. “When he realized that today was the day he decided not to get up. He didn’t want to justify his daddy’s blood, he didn’t want to be always having to do something that something else wanted him to do, that he didn’t know what it was and that was always dangerous”(135).
Why didn’t his sons become successful? Why didn’t Biff do what Bernard did to obtain wealth? The Loman family is entirely unsuccessful, riddled with financial problems, and lives off the delusion of everyone becoming successful salesman. These family flaws led Willy to commit suicide with the idea that his death would leave his life insurance money to his family. This is the exact reason why Willy’s perception of the American Dream is distorted.
It was Amir’s betrayal rather than the rape itself which destroys the relationship between Amir and Hassan and ultimately forces him to leave the home he grew up in. The betrayal of Amir ensured him (the adult Amir) to never forget Hassan's great loyalty and never stopped feeling guilty, which have him a strong reasons to repay the debt. Hassan’s loyalty is so great that it gives Amir the courage to stand up to Assef and endures the beating from him in order to save Hassan’s son. The quote on page 326 “I had played a cruel game with Hassan that day…I deserved it” said by Amir after rescuing
Baba had lived a life lying to his son and his close friend Ali. Baba had committed adultery and thief which he believed to be the worst sin. The shocker in the novel was when Rahim Khan expressed to Amir that Hassan was also Baba’s son. By Baba not telling Amir that Hassan was his brother earlier in the novel, he had robbed Amir and Hassan of a true brother to brother relationship. I feel that if Amir had known that Hassan was his brother, he would have never made the decision to put the money under Hassan bed which constituted to Ali’s and Hassan’s departure.