In The Kite Runner, is Baba a good father to Amir? Give 3 affirmative and three negative assertions.

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Baba's Positive Attributes as a father:

Baba is a successful businessman in Kabul and provides Amir with a luxurious life. As a child, Amir does not grow up needy and lives a relatively comfortable life in Baba's beautiful home. Amir is also proud of his father's Mustang and is one...

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Baba's Positive Attributes as a father:

Baba is a successful businessman in Kabul and provides Amir with a luxurious life. As a child, Amir does not grow up needy and lives a relatively comfortable life in Baba's beautiful home. Amir is also proud of his father's Mustang and is one of the wealthiest children in his neighborhood.

Baba is also a positive role model for Amir. Baba is a generous, respected man throughout the city and even constructs an orphanage for less fortunate children. Baba also demonstrates courage in the face of adversity by valiantly challenging a Russian soldier, who attempts to rape a woman at a checkpoint.

Baba sacrifices everything he has worked for in life by leaving Kabul during the Russian occupation. Baba decides to flee Afghanistan in order to give Amir a new start in America. In America, Baba works hard to provide for his son and even buys Amir his first car.

Baba's Negative Attributes as a father:

Baba is distant and unaffectionate towards Amir. He pays little attention to his son and often ignores his interests. Baba prefers Hassan over Amir and does not spend much quality time with Amir as a child.

Baba does not support Amir's dream to become a writer and believes that his son should go to college to become a lawyer or doctor.

Baba refuses to tell Amir that Hassan is his half-brother, which is significant information that would have altered how Amir perceives Hassan.

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Postive Assertions:

1. Baba sets good example for Amir in that he is generous to others and will stand up for the oppressed (i.e., his brazen confrontation with the Soviet soldier as he and Amir try to escape from Afghanistan).

2. In America, Baba sacrifices his own desires for Amir's well being.  Baba longs for Afghanistan but knows that Amir is thriving in America.  He also drives a rattletrap and buys Amir a better car.

3. At the end of his life, Baba makes peace with what Amir and has chosen for a career and gives his blessing by listening to his stories for once.

Negative Assertions:

1. Baba keeps the most important truth from Amir and even takes it with him to his grave--the truth that Hassan is Amir's half brother.

2. Baba's harsh and distant treatment of Amir causes him to seek Baba's approval at any cost, even the betrayal of his friend.

3. Baba allows his best friend and business partner to be more of a parent to Amir than he is because he is so wrapped up in himself and his own guilt.

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