To Earn A Father's Love Essay

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From generation to generation, the constant struggle for males to live up to the expectations of their fathers often affects the choices made and actions taken by the sons. Perhaps the overbearing testosterone levels claim responsibility for the apparent need for sons to impress their fathers, but not all boys consider the realistic consequences of their decisions. In Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner, young Amir's admiration for his father Baba coupled with the constant tension in their relationship obscures his mind from making clear decisions as he strives to obtain his father's love and approval.
Amir and his father share a very strained relationship. The saying, “The apple doesn’t ...view middle of the document...

Through the eyes of Amir, it seems as though Baba preoccupies himself passing time with his comrade Rahim Khan; when he sporadically attempts to involve Amir in his life, Baba always suggests that Hassan accompany them in their daily adventures leaving Amir questioning why his father tries desperately to avoid alone time and bonding moments with his son. The initial occurrences in which Amir witnesses Baba's immediate affection for Hassan drive Amir's negative mental attitude and envy towards his only companion Hassan.
Hosseini utilizes outside environmental factors to contribute to the preeminating assumption of Amir's character. The actions taken in response to external stimuli convey the true nature of not only the protagonist Amir but his genuine friend and unknown half-brother Hassan. The two juvenile Afghani boys face many challenges growing up in Kabul; bullies taunt and threaten them routinely. Assef, the leader among the tormentors, inadvertently plays a key role in determining the measures taken by Amir in order to gain the acceptance of his father. Under repetitive harassment and criticism, Amir rarely fights against his subjugation. Baba discerns his son’s predominant flaw: cowardice. In his mentality, Baba believes that “a boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” (22). Overhearing these bold and painful words, Amir endeavors to alter his father’s judgment and perception of himself.
Although his life changes significantly and he relocates to America, Amir reminds himself of the sacrifices made in his quest to gain love and approval from his father in order to achieve self-acceptance. Throughout the course of twenty-six trifling years, the Afghani man finds himself revisiting an alleyway in his childhood home of Kabul where an incident befell upon his devoted companion Hassan. After claiming victory in the annual winter kite fighting battle, Amir feels as though he has finally won the optimum prize of his father’s respect. As the final blue kite falls to the ground, Hassan runs its path to retrieve the trophy in honor of his beloved friend. In Amir’s mind, the defeated blue kite signifies the end of the struggle for Baba’s love and symbolizes the ultimate key to his father’s heart. However, Amir’s success comes with a faltering price; he relinquishes Hassan when he witnesses his molestation in a dark alley after capturing the blue kite. Rather than defending his friend in need, Amir abandons Hassan and neglects...

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