Despite his failings, Baba is an admirable man in several ways. Although he did not claim Hassan as his son, Baba always provided for him, treating him more as a family member than as a servant. Baba, for instance, arranged for Hassan to have surgery to correct his misshapen lip....
Despite his failings, Baba is an admirable man in several ways. Although he did not claim Hassan as his son, Baba always provided for him, treating him more as a family member than as a servant. Baba, for instance, arranged for Hassan to have surgery to correct his misshapen lip. Baba did not accept responsibility for Hassan's birth, as he should have, but neither did he shun the boy.
Baba did not understand Amir or accept him when Amir was a child, but Baba tried to be a good father. He provided well for Amir, sending him to school, celebrating his birthdays, and teaching him right from wrong. Baba rejected organized religion, but he instilled in Amir a sense of ethics.
When the political regime changed in Afghanistan, Baba protected Amir and his future by smuggling him out of the country, at great peril. On one occasion, he acted with great courage, risking his life to save a young woman he did not know from being raped by a soldier. Amir always remembered his father's decency and bravery in protecting her. Baba was smart, courageous, and strong in managing to leave Afghanistan and establish a new life of freedom in California.
Once they began their new life in California, Baba worked hard, struggling to support Amir. His life of wealth, comfort, and influence was gone, but Baba never complained. All his efforts were directed toward Amir's future. He was determined his son would have an education and a better life.
When Amir fell in love, Baba understood his son's feelings and helped him win Soraya's hand in marriage, according to Afghani custom. Dying of cancer, Baba continued to work as long as he could, again without complaint. He faced his death with courage and dignity, growing close to Amir and Soraya before he died.
Baba was far from a perfect man, but he lived his life with integrity in many ways.