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Compare and contrast the relationships of Soraya and Amir and their fathers. How have...

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krista1807 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 8, 2007 at 5:25 AM via web

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Compare and contrast the relationships of Soraya and Amir and their fathers. How have their upbringings contributed to these relationships?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 20, 2007 at 1:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Amir disappoints is father because of his lack of courage and his bookish personality. Amir looks for ways to gain his father's approval and attention. He does not argue with his father-he only tries to please him.

Soraya constantly argues with her father. She does not try to hide her differences of opinion from him, and she does not find his disapproval crushing, which is a direct contrast to Amir.

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terafrayne | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 1, 2008 at 1:33 PM (Answer #2)

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Amir follows in the footsteps of his father. He keeps dark secrets for the sake of saving his reputation. They both commit shameful acts and they hide the truth. Soroya also has shameful things that are a part of her past; however, she doesn't hide the truth. She is open about her past. For example, while Soroya tells Amir about the man she ran off with when she was younger, Amir is unable to tell her of the cowardly act he committed toward Hassan. Soroya knows that it is better to be open and honest than to preserve the reputation of the family name. Preserving reputation causes the men in the book to commit more shameful acts. Soroya knows this.

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