Relationship between characters

In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, there are several character relationships that are especially important, as they determine many of the main character’s actions, as well as his evolution.

Amir and Baba

Baba and Amir have a complex relationship that develops throughout the years. Since he is little, Amir is heavily influenced by his father, who functions as his moral compass. For example, when Amir and Baba flee Kabul, Baba stands his ground when he defends a woman from a Russian soldier. Baba is the only man on the bus to stand up and confront the Russian officer, showing everyone a lesson of decency and morality:

That was when Baba stood up. It was my turn to clamp a hand on his thigh, but Baba pried it loose, snatched his leg away. When he stood, he eclipsed the moonlight. ‘I want you to ask this man something,’ Baba said. He said it to Karim, but looked directly at the Russian officer. ‘Ask him where his shame is.’ (Chapter 10, 27%)

Baba’s behavior reminds Amir of his failure to act when witnessing Hassan’s rape. When Baba is ready to die to protect the Afghan woman, Amir understands the extent of his father’s power: “We rode in silence for about fifteen minutes before the young woman’s husband suddenly stood and did something I’d seen many others do before him: He kissed Baba’s hand” (Chapter 10, 45%).

In his relationship with Amir, Baba is generally cold and...

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