What is Hosseini trying to say about the love between a Father and Son throughout the development of the entire book?

Every boy needs their father. The Kite Runner is a realistic fiction novel written by Khaled Hosseini. It is about a boy growing up in Kabul whom is struggling to find his identity, receive love from his father, and bury the guilt of seeing something horrible happen to his best friend. In this novel, Hosseini expresses that even though their relationship may go through many challenges, there is still an unbreakable love between a father and son, which shows in the way Amir struggles for his fathers affection in Kabul and then how the roles begin to switch and they grow closer when they move to America.

In the beginning of the novel, Amir feels as if his father hates him. He is hardly around and shows little interest in what Amir likes to do. When Amir is listening to Baba and Rahim Khan talk in the study, he hears his father say, "If I hadn't seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I'd never believe he is my son." This reveals that Baba feels no connection to his son. Even though he still loves Amir, he is upset that he doesn't live up to his expectations. Furthermore, when Amir is reading the story "Rostam and Sohrab" to Hassan, Amir could not understand why Hassan would be upset over Rostams fate. " Didn't all fathers in their secret hearts harbor a desire to kill their sons?" thought Amir. This shows that Amir feels as if his father wants to kill him at times, and thinks it is a normal thing fathers want to do. Clearly, in the beginning of the book the relationship between Baba and Amir is very weak, almost to the point of it being non-existent. This is a very rough part in their relationship and Amir feels like it's going to be that way forever.

The middle of the book describes when they move to America due to the Russians taking over Afghanistan. While in America, the bond between Amir and Baba begins to strengthen and the roles of father and son seem to switch. Amir ends up taking care of Baba even before he gets sick. "I Took Baba home. He sulked and smoked on the balcony while i made rice and chicken neck stew..." Amir is having to care for his parent in a way that a parent would normally have to care for their child. For example, Amir has to apologize for his dad when he goes into a rage in a convenient store, and makes him dinner while he is sulking outside. In addition, when Baba introduces Amir to General Taheri, Baba surprises Amir by saying ," Amir is going to be a great writer." Though they have gotten closer over the years, it still shocked Amir when Baba showed pride in him. Clearly the bond between Amir and Baba is starting to strengthen all the while the role of father and son is beginning to switch.

In the end of the book, Baba gets diagnosed with cancer and Amir really has to start taking care of him. When they go to the garage sale to buy items to sell at the market, Baba has a seizure and Amir is there to comfort him. " Shhh, Baba jan,Im here.Your son is right here." says Amir. From this point on, Amir must start caring for Baba while he is struggling through his sickness. Later on, the cancer overcomes Baba and soon he dies. While at the funeral, people begin to leave and Amir talks to Soroya. "Soon we'd leave too, and for the first time ever, Baba would be all alone. Soroya pulled me to her and the tears finally came." Clearly Baba's sickness has brought them closer together in a way and a piece of him was buried in the ground with him.

Khaled Hosseini writes about how a father and son overcome their differences and create an unbreakable bond. In this novel, Amir starts out as a a weak boy who sought for his father's affection. After moving to America, the roles reversed, which helped build their relationship, and Baba began to show more affection towards Amir. In todays society we see many boys struggle to get the approval of their fathers and with time some actually get it, just like Amir

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