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The relationship between Amir and SohrabWhat aspects of the Afghan culture rendered...
Topic: The Kite RunnerThe relationship between Amir and Sohrab
What aspects of the Afghan culture rendered their relationship so torn apart; or could it have been a lack thereof? I'm analyzing how the Afghan culture affected some of the relationships within the Kite Runner and this one stumped me as I find that his presence in the novel is very weak however his role is very important to both Amir and himself.
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Middle School Teacher
Sohrab is Hassan’s son. Amir tries to make up for his relationship with Hassan by taking care of Sohrab. Sohrab represents his second chance. He has done things to look out for himself, but he tries to look after Sohrab. When he fails and Sohrab he will need to go to the orphanage temporarily, Sohrab tries to commit suicide. Like Hassan, Sohrab never blames Amir for anything.
Posted by litteacher8 on February 4, 2013 at 11:27 PM (Answer #2)
Well thanks, but how does culture affect it?
Posted by user4632416 on February 5, 2013 at 1:32 AM (Answer #3)
One thought that occurs to me is that there was a culture of honor among Afghans, and so Amir's rescue of Sohrab might have reflected that aspect of the culture. But the other thought that occurs to me is that the story is meant to show us the sad deterioration of Afghan culture at the hands of the Taliban, who clearly destroyed the beauty of life in Afghanistan. You might even say that Sorhab is a symbol of all that went wrong with Afghan culture. Of course, had Sorhab been living a good life, Amir would not necessarily have felt the need to rescue him, we wouldn't have the wonderful symmetry of that rescue, matching up with the beginning of the book, and Amir would not have found redemption.
Posted by speamerfam on February 5, 2013 at 4:47 AM (Answer #4)
High School Teacher
Sohrab was the son of Hassan, who in turn was (or, at least was believed to be) the son of Ali, a lowly Hazara. Hazaras were considered inferior to the other Afghan people (particularly the Pashtun, of which Baba and Amir were members), and mixing with them was frowned upon by Afghan society. General Taheri ridiculed the idea of Sohrab joining the family of Amir and Soraya until Amir made it clear he would no longer allow such behavior from his father-in-law. On the other hand, it was Amir's confession that he had returned to Afghanistan to find his Hazara half-nephew that most impressed his driver, Farid, who only then agreed to accompany Amir wholeheartedly on his quest.
Posted by bullgatortail on February 13, 2013 at 8:27 PM (Answer #6)
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