How is Baba in The Kite Runner a dynamic character?i have to write an essay on how Baba is a dynamic character and I'm so stuck it's not even funny. I dont even know how to start it.

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The father of Amir in Khaled Hosseini's novel, The Kite Runner, Baba is absolutely a character of dynamic dimensions. Growing up, Baba's own father rubbed shoulders with kings. A huge, imposing and handsome man, Baba became the center of attention when he entered a room. Baba amassed a fortune doing things his own way, which included designing his own buildings without the benefit of an architectural background. His wealth allowed him to throw great parties and meet influential people. His Mustang auto--a great rarity in Afghanistan--made him stand out even on the road. After fleeing to America, Baba lost his wealth but not his great will. By working hard and using his business skills in sometimes very small ways (such as at flea markets on the weekends), Baba managed to maintain a comfortable if not extravagant lifestyle in California. To the Afghan ex-patriots living there, Baba is still a great bear--larger than life and still someone to admire.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Baba is also dynamic in the sense that he is a fully developed character.  Hosseini provides numerous examples of indirect and direct characterization of Amir's father. Similarly, Baba is dynamic because he changes (though not as much as Amir).  While Baba is not one to compromise on the level of respect he expects (even when he works at a gas station) or in his values (his standing up for the woman in the truck when fleeing Afghanistan), he does change in his view of his son.  When Amir is growing up, Baba hates his stories and the fact that Amir is like his mother (most likely because Baba feels guilt of sleeping with Sanuabar after his wife's death).  But, as Amir matures and changes, Baba comes to be proud of him and even shows an interest in Amir's stories shortly before his death.