Amir & Hassan's Relationship Analysis

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Amir and Hassan Relationship Analysis Essay: What is the root of the problem

Khaled Hosseini, in his novel The Kite Runner, emphasizes the key point on how jealously can affect and ruin a friendship. Amir’s unstable relationship with his father prevents him from knowing the true value of the relationship he shared with Hassan. Amir and Baba have an unstable relationship because Amir feels as though his father has a dislike towards him. Amir envies the relationship between Baba and Hassan when, he sees that his father treats Hassan better than him. Amir’s jealously starts to takeover him when, he overhears his father saying he wishes Amir was more like Hassan, his father shows Hassan more affection and when he sees that his father worries and shows more car towards Hassan.

Amir is not the way his father would like him to be, he is a more gentle and empathetic character, while Baba is a stern man. One day after returning from the game where he witnesses someone’s death he cried the whole car ride back home. Later that night he overheard something that changes him forever. What he overhears is his father and Rahim Khan talking about him: “Self defense has nothing to do with meanness. You know what always happens when the neighborhood boys tease him? Hassan steps in and fends them off” (Hosseini 24). Amir’s father in this statement compares Hassan to Amir and is indirectly saying the he wishes Amir was more like Hassan. This comparison results in a complex situation, which causes Amir to feel that Hassan is better than him and that he is low. This results in Amir becoming angry at Hassan forming a hatred towards him. Baba continues to say, very hurtful things about Amir to his friend Rahim Khan in the study. The father goes on to say “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he is my son”, (Hosseini 25). This statement is very wrong for Baba to say, it must have hurt Amir to hear his father say he could not believe that Amir was his son. This causes Amir to want to be the person his dad is; the author is foreshadowing he is going to change. The next day at breakfast Amir tests out the change, “I snapped at him, told him to mind his own business. Rahim Khan had been wrong about the meanstreak” (Hosseini 25). The reason that Amir snaps at Hassan is because he knows that Hassan will not say anything back and because he is angry that his father compared him to Hassan.

Baba was a fair man, he always did what was right. He knew how to handle any situation, except the situation of his son. Baba, during the novel is seen giving favoritism towards Hassan, which makes Amir extremely jealous of Hassan. When Amir and Hassan skipped stones Baba would show affection towards Hassan, which would bother Amir: “ Baba was there, watching, and he patted Hassan on the back. Even put his arm around his shoulder” (Hosseini 15). The significance of this passage is that it can be seen through this passage that Amir...

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