How do the relationships between fathers and sons in The Kite Runner affect the events of the novel?

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Amir's relationship with his powerful father, Baba, affects the course of the novel. Amir longs for Baba's love and approval, but his father withholds these things from Amir. Baba is a more aggressive, macho kind of man, and he does not appreciate his son's softer, more bookish ways. He does not give Amir the love that he needs as a growing boy who lost his mother during his birth.

As a result, Amir grows jealous of his kind friend, Hassan, who receives attention from Baba, and Amir tries to pin a theft on Hassan that causes his friend to leave their compound. Therefore, it is Amir's failure to win Baba's love and approval that causes Hassan to leave his life (Amir finds out later that Hassan is actually Baba's son as well). To atone for...

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