What are the similarities and differences between Amir and Baba in The Kite Runner?

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Baba is a respected, masculine businessman in Kabul, who builds his own beautiful home and orphanage in Afghanistan. Unlike his timid son, Baba is boisterous and confident. He is extremely benevolent and risks his life in order to prevent a Russian soldier from raping an innocent Afghan woman. Baba is revered throughout Kabul but gives up his luxurious lifestyle to flee Afghanistan and immigrate to America. In contrast, Amir is a rather quiet, sensitive boy, who does not excel at athletic competitions. Baba views his son as weak and does not support his literary interests. Amir spends the majority of his childhood attempting to please his father. Despite Amir's timid personality, he harbors a dark secret and is forced to live with guilt for the majority of his life.

While Baba has to live with the guilt of socially rejecting his secret son, Hassan, Amir feels extremely guilty for not intervening while Hassan was being raped. Both characters also search for redemption and end up atoning...

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