2011-12-15_015726_the_kite_runner_analysis

With me as his glaring exception my father molded the

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“With me as his glaring exception, my father molded the world around him to his liking. The problem, of course, was that Baba saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can’t love a person like that without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little”. Baba’s apparent disapproval of his son may be directly linked to the fact that his wife died while giving birth to Amir: “the truth of it was, I always felt that Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I? the least I could have done was to have had the decency to have turned out a little more like him.” Amir’s desire for his father’s approval is mixed with jealousy toward Hassan, who also received his share of Baba’s attention. If Baba bough Amir a kite, he would buy one for Hassan as well. “if I changed my mind and asked for a bigger and fancier kite, Baba would buy it for me – but then he would buy it for Hassan too. Sometimes, I wished he would not do that. Wished he would let me be the favorite.” The rivalry between the boys is later revealed to be somewhat justified: the two are, in fact, half brothers and have been raised almost as siblings, sharing the
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THE KITE RUNNER 6 same wet nurse as infants. As Ali, Hassan’s father, observes, “there was a brotherhood between people who had fed from the same breast, a kinship that not even time could break”. For Amir, one of the most troubling aspects of getting his father’s attention and approval is that the thing that Amir does best – write stories – does not impress his father. When Amir tries to get his father to read one of his stories, the kind family friend Rahim Khan reads it instead and gives Amir the praise and approval he so desperately wants from his father. As the novel’s title indicates, kites are a common image in the book. They emerge as a symbol of temporary freedom, the ability to briefly transcend life and all earthbound realities. Kite flying is a winter activity in Kabul: As the trees froze and ice sheathed the roads, the chill between Baba and me thawed a little. And the reason for that was the kites. Baba and I lived in the same house, but in different spheres of existence. Amir wants to win the kite-flying competition to prove his worth to his father: “Iwas going to win, and I was going to run that last kite. Then I would bring it home and show it to Baba. Show him once and for all that his son was worthy. Then may be my life as a ghost in this house would finally be over… and may be, just may be, I would finally be pardoned for killing my mother” . Amir and Hassan are partners in the competition. Amir flies the kites and “cuts” the strings of his competitors’ kites with his own string, which is studded with glued on shards of glass, while Hassan runs to catch the fallen kites that Amir has grounded.
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