In The Kite Runner, why is Baba disappointed by Amir's decision to become a writer? During their argument about his career path, Amir thinks to himself: "I would stand my ground, I decided. I...

In The Kite Runner, why is Baba disappointed by Amir's decision to become a writer?

During their argument about his career path, Amir thinks to himself: "I would stand my ground, I decided. I didn't want to sacrifice for Baba anymore. The last time I had done that, I had damned myself." What has Amir sacrificed for Baba? How has Amir "damned himself"?

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thetall | (Level 3) Educator

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One of the major conflicts between Baba and Amir was their divergent views on the qualities expected of a man. Baba believed that men were expected to be strong, athletic and engage in sport. He played football in his younger years, and rumor had it that he also fought a bear and survived. These qualities made him stand out among the members of his society, and he expected the same for his son in future. On the other hand, Amir was more inclined to literature and poetry, something that Baba believed was not manly enough. Baba tried to stir Amir’s passions toward more manly activities but despite all his effort, Amir did not change. He once enrolled him to a local soccer team, but Amir soon dropped out because of his poor performance on the pitch.

Amir failed to live up to his father’s expectations. He was unable to stand up for Hassan and damned himself by falsely accusing Hassan of theft. According to Amir, he had sacrificed everything by keeping the truth and his shame from his father in order to please him.

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reidalot | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Amir sacrificed his soul for what he believed was the son Baba wanted. Amir betrayed his best friend, Hassan, because of his jealousy and always thought he could never life up to his father's expectations. In a way, he blames Baba for his strength and manhood. Amir doesn't feel he has that strength. In the betrayal of Hassan, Amir must move past his own sin to gain atonement; this sin haunts him through his adult life. In becoming a writer, Amir has chosen, he feels, a path that will disappoint his father as their goals always seem at odds. It takes the adult Amir to realize the love that passes between a father and a son endures all!

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