Baba would not encourage Amir to pursue writing because he didn't see it as a masculine thing to do. Perhaps one of the most prevalent differences between Baba and Amir is the way they see Hassan. In many ways Baba sees him as the son Amir should have been. Hassan is athletic, hard working, and exceptionally loyal. Amir treats Hassan like an underling, someone who makes him feel better about himself.
Amir drives Hassan and Ali away, which causes a separation between their families. Also, Amir is forced to flee Afghanistan to go to America with Baba, leaving their home in the hands of Rahim Khan, one of Baba's closest friends. Amir caused Hassan's death because
Later, when the Taliban took control of his hometown of Mazar-e-Sharif, both his cousin and uncle are burnt to death in their own house. The conflict continues to impact upon Najaf’s adulthood. In 1998, the Taliban invaded Mazar-e-Sharif again and kidnapped Najaf and any other survivors. “I was tortured usually whipped by cables, but beyond mine and my family’s belief I was released.” He explained. Najaf knew he wouldn’t be as lucky a second time so he was left with only one choice, to escape the country and find a safe place for his family.
Further in the novel, Amir, after moving to America, travels back to Afghanistan to save Hassan’s son, Sohrab, from the eccentric Assef, who is a higher member of the Taliban. Assef has sexually abused, beaten and forced Sohrab to belly dance, all because Sohrab is just a “Hazara boy” (p294). To another extent of ethnic discrimination, Baba is Hassan’s biological father but he will never admit to it for the sake of “his honour,” (p235) and “his name” (p235). For if people would find out about this, Baba would be socially casterized. The discrimination of ethnicity throughout Afghanistan is contributing to the decaying class system.
The truth is that Amir is more like Baba than he knew. Like father like son, Amir follows his father’s footsteps by keeping Pashtuns and Hazara’s separate, continuing the cycle of guilt until Amir breaks the cycle for both Baba and himself by doing what is right, out of love. The guilt begins with Baba and threads through out his life into Amir’s life, until unconditional love cuts it out of the cycle. One act of selfishness, begins the cycle. Baba betrayed his friend in the worst way an Afghan man could be disgraced: “How had Ali lived in that house day in and day out, knowing he had been dishonored by his master in the single worst way an Afghan man can be dishonored?” (225) Baba stole Ali’s honor.
An example can be drawn from Najaf Mazari’s memoir “The Rugmaker of Mazar – e – Sharif” where the protagonist, Najaf, is an asylum seeker. Najaf comes from the Northern part of Afghanistan in a city of Mazar- e-Sharif and is a very down to earth person. He is someone who puts his family, religion and country as one of his top priorities. This all changes though when the Taliban begin to take control over Afghanistan and begin to capture and torture all the Hazara people. Surviving the ordeal once, Najaf’s family comes to the conclusion that it is too dangerous for him to stay in Afghanistan and they must send him away.
Hassan being tougher than Amir was always the one to deal with problems. Hassan’s loyalty and love towards Amir led to the incident with Assef. Assef steals Hassan of his innocence and childhood. Assef thought he was avenging the disrespect that Hassan shown to him. He was doing way more than that.
Additionally, he needs to take the beating he should have taken in 1975 before he is able to feel “better”. As part of his redemption to Hassan, he adopts Sohrab as his child atoning both for his and his father’s mistakes and putting Hassan’s blood back to his rightful place in the family. Alternatively, Baba never truly atones, preferring to run away from his sins then to face them. Although it is suggested, that Baba building the orphanage is a symbolic representation of his attempt to repent for his sins, he never finishes this as he leaves, allowing his orphanage to be destroyed, and Afghanistan itself destroyed. Kite runner shows the equally damaging actions of both Amir and Baba, towards their loved ones and society.
What would he do without me? I was his only support.”(Wiesel 34) Elie has demonstrated his love and selflessness for his father. Elie will not allow himself to die when all hope is lost for him for he feels it is unjust to his father. They share a very strong relationship in which Elie has a tremendous amount of respect for him. Elie’s father was not in favor of allowing Elie to study Jewish mysticism and had refused to be his mentor.
George is a character who doesn’t take advantage of Lennie’s misfortune. “Huh?” This implies that the point made by the boss is absolutely absurd and that he has never considered taking Lennie’s money away from him. The boss says that “what stake you got,” which implies that the boss thinks that George is a cunning character. The fact that George doesn’t take his money shows that George is faithful to Lennie and that their friendship is very strong. George considers Lennie to be his cousin.