Compare and contrast the relationships between Soraya and Amir, and their fathers. How have their upbringings contributed to these relationships?in The Kite Runner
When they are in Afghanistan, Amir and Baba have a strained relationship. Baba cannot understand how his son can be so different than he is. Baba is an important merchant in Afghanistan and a well-respected man in the community, but when he and Amir move to the U.S., Baba is not above getting a job in a gas station just so Amir can complete his education. In the end, Baba becomes proud of Amir, even though he has grown up with different interests and talents than Baba. Amir also comes to love and respect his father and appreciate what his father has sacrificed for him. He cares for Baba as he grows sick and dies.
Soraya's father was an important general in Afghanistan prior to the Taliban taking over. When he comes to the U.S., however, he is living in the past and refuses to take a job that is beneath him, so therefore he does not work. He is domineering and has very strong cultural ideas about the role of women. Soraya respects him, and her family, but at the same time, she is rebellious. She lives with a man to whom she is not married, causing a scandal for her proud father, but in the end, her father takes her back and allows her to live in the family in spite of the gossip about her in the Afghan community.
Despite the father/daughter and father/son issues, both families hold to their traditional values and when Amir and Soraya express an interest in getting married, the families of both revert back to the traditional Afghan way of doing things.