In The Kite Runner, are Baba and Amir more similar or more different? How? Why?

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, there are significant differences between Baba and Amir. Their personalities are extremely different and Amir worries that he is a disappointment to his father. When they flee Afghanistan, Amir writes, “My eyes returned to our suitcases. They made me sad for Baba. After everything he'd built, planned, fought for, fretted over, dreamed of, this was the summation of his life: one disappointing son and two suitcases.”

Baba is brave. On the trip out of Afghanistan, they encounter Russian soldiers, and Baba displays tremendous courage that borders on recklessness. Amir thinks to himself, “Do you have to always be the hero?” Conversely, Amir believes that he is a coward who betrayed Hassan when he was attacked. Amir writes that he had:

One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan—the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past—and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could...

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