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I thought that I would review the role of father from General Taheri. The General came from a background where he had been taught that women were submissive unto their husbands and fathers. His role as a father meant that he was to provide for his family in all aspects from religious to ensuring his daughter’s purity upon marriage. His background also dictated that a daughter who disobeys her father brings shames to him.
However, the General, like Baba, finds himself displaced and living in America in a relatively powerless situation as opposed to his living conditions in Afghanistan prior to his move to America. Despite the changes he continues his role as protector of his daughter. The General is very particular in his role as a father and weeds out his daughter’s suitors. He establishes a flea market business to support his family.
“I’d ask once why the General’s daughter hadn’t married yet. No suitors, Baba said. No suitable suitors, he amended.” (148).
General Taheri’s role as a father becomes more evident when Amir tries to date his daughter. The mother of the girl holds no power in the dating arrangement. The dating arrangements have to be made between Amir’s father and General Taheri. However, one very unusual role is that the General also desires his daughter to receive an education in America. As a father who firmly believes in his role as a dominant protector of his daughter, he is the one who agrees to dating arrangements and the marriage of his daughter and Amir.
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