Presentation on theme: "Father/son By Colin Watson. Amir comes from a wealthy family but he desperately lacks affection from his father, Baba. Amir idealises his father and says."— Presentation transcript:
Amir comes from a wealthy family but he desperately lacks affection from his father, Baba. Amir idealises his father and says that “ Baba once wrestled a black bear in Baluchistan with his bare hands. If the story had been anyone else, it would have been dismissed”, this shows that Amir admires him and believes his father could do anything. This can be seen as with Amir’s first word was “Baba”, this show that Amir looks up to him the most in the world. He thinks that his father blames him for his mother death in child birth. Throughout the story Amir tries to make up for the wrong he has done in his life, one of which is that he thinks is he killed his mother in child birth and he says “And maybe, just maybe. I would finally be pardoned for killing my mother”
Baba is totally different for many Afghanistan fathers as he smoke, drank and did not have religious believes. He had lots of friends in Kabul and threw lots of parties but he did not spend time with his son. His wife died in childbirth to his son. Baba built his own house which was very grand and He also built an orphanage himself even though lots of people told him “it is not in your blood” Baba gets cancer after he moves to America. This can be seen as the loss of his power. Throughout Baba’s live he helped many people and changed there lives.
Amir’s father never played with him, telling Amir to “Go on, now, this is grown-up time” this made Amir feel locked out. Although he built an Orphanage and in doing so helped lots of children he did not help his own child. Baba says “that a boy who can’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up for anything”. This make Amir think because he is weak he is not loved by his father. Baba tells Amir what he thinks about sinning “There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other is a variation of theft.” Ali is a gentle and loving father, despite the knowledge that he cannot be his biological father. The relationship between Baba and Amir is poor, whereas it is in total contrast between the relationship between Ali and Hassan.
Amir struggles to prove himself too Baba but he thinks winning the kite tournament will change things. When Amir’s does the terrible act of not stepping to save Hassan in the alley. He does this because he wants the winning kite for his fathers affection. Amir feels rejection from his father as he does not read Amir’s story but instead Rahim Kahn reads it. Throughout most of the story Rahim Kahn is like a father figure to Amir.
At the end of the story Rahim Khan says in his letter to Amir that “Your father was a man torn between two halves” The first was Amir the “entitled half, society-approved, legitimate half” The second being Hassan the “unentitled, unprivleged half... Inherited what had been pure and noble in Baba.” Finally with the gentle insistence from Rahim Kahn, who is seen as Amir’s spiritual guider, finds “a way to be good again”. Amir becomes a good father to Hassan’s son Sohrab. Hosseini also shows the result: Amir’s affection and patience finally pay off in the end.