Compare and contrast the relationships of Soraya and Amir and their fathers. How have their upbringings contributed to these relationships?I am having a hard time answering this question because im...
Compare and contrast the relationships of Soraya and Amir and their fathers. How have their upbringings contributed to these relationships?
I am having a hard time answering this question because im having a hard time understanding the book.
Soraya and Amir both have difficult relationships with their Afghan fathers. Both Soraya and Amir grew up in rather traditional Afghan homes and live with relatively domineering fathers. Soraya and Amir both make independent decisions that challenge their fathers' ideologies but are still able to develop close relationships with them.
Soraya had disappointed her father in the past by running away with an Afghan man when she was eighteen. Soraya's father found his daughter and moved them to California. General Taheri also disagrees with his daughter's decision to become a teacher and would rather her study law. Unlike Amir, who continually backs down and seldom argues with his father, Soraya is not afraid to openly disagree and challenge her father's opinions.
Similar to how Soraya disappointed her father by running away when she was eighteen, Amir also disappoints his father. Baba favors Hassan over Amir growing up because Amir is not athletic or masculine. Baba also disagrees with Amir's career choice to become a writer. Despite their disagreements and different beliefs, Amir does not openly challenge Baba the way Soraya argues with her father. Unlike Soraya and her father, Baba is not aware of Amir's transgressions as a child. While Soraya's father witnessed his daughter's wrongdoing, Baba has no idea that Amir witnessed Hassan being raped and did not intervene.
Amir follows in the footsteps of his father. He keeps dark secrets for the sake of saving his reputation. They both commit shameful acts and they hide the truth. Soroya also has shameful things that are a part of her past; however, she doesn't hide the truth. She is open about her past. For example, while Soroya tells Amir about the man she ran off with when she was younger, Amir is unable to tell her of the cowardly act he committed toward Hassan. Soroya knows that it is better to be open and honest than to preserve the reputation of the family name. Preserving reputation causes the men in the book to commit more shameful acts. Soroya knows this.
Amir disappoints is father because of his lack of courage and his bookish personality. Amir looks for ways to gain his father's approval and attention. He does not argue with his father-he only tries to please him.
Soraya constantly argues with her father. She does not try to hide her differences of opinion from him, and she does not find his disapproval crushing, which is a direct contrast to Amir.