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The Kite Runner, By Khaled Hosseini

1818 words - 7 pages

The experience of fatherhood begins at birth of the baby as it comes out to the world. The responsibility parenthood entails is realized when the mother is not fully healed yet or sadly has died in the tough delivery of the baby. Ideally, the child grows up to develop a close bond with their father, although this is not always the case. Sometimes it does not work that way in which in the other hand it may not be constantly full of love which fills the child with longing and pain. The relationship develop as the father prepares his son to understand his mistakes by helping him recognize right from wrong. In his novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini illustrates the importance of a father and son relationship which in turn affects the plot of the novel. Baba and Amir gains the ability to be a father as they demonstrate their differences of being a father to their son. Although Baba and Amir differ in facing their problems, which parallel, the enforcement of the empathetic fatherly figure they both suffer hardships for their sons’ benefit.
To begin, The Kite Runner expresses the continuous redemption of Baba and Amir that they try to achieve. People face their problem in different ways; some people face their problem and errors head on by admitting to or by fixing it while others decide to do so by doing more good to others which may balance out their sins. There are also other ways to accomplish redemption to oneself, in Baba's condition he strives to succeed in doing so by doing more good things to other people and to the Afghan community. Rahim Khan acknowledges the presence of Baba's guilt toward his faults and so he makes up for it by being a benefactor to his son, Hassan. Whom he cannot acknowledge due to the conflict of the approved standards of the society between the Hazara and Pashtuns, and also the amount of help he gives toward the people in need. The letter that was written by Rahim Khan says, “I think everything he did, feeding the poor on the streets, building the orphanage, giving money to his friends in need, is his way of redeeming himself” (302). This was Baba’s way of compensation, through denying and neglecting love to his sons by building an orphanage, which is symbolically created for the children who does not have any parents. Later, Baba softens up to Amir and his wife, Soraya as he takes the traditionally father role of asking for Soraya's hand in marriage for Amir. Baba's claim for redemption continues, as he pays for the marriage himself through his life savings and by letting go of his pride by allowing Amir and Soraya take care of him at his final hours which adds to his redemption. However, his death ends on a bittersweet note as Amir learns about the truth, that negatively impacts his view towards his father.
Soon after the revelation of Baba's affair with Sanaubar which created Hassan, Amir is finally able to understand the reason of the lack of attention and love from his father. Baba suffers a burden to love...

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