In The Kite Runner, Amir and Soraya's relationship differs from most Afghan relationships. How does it differ?I know things like Soraya not being pure is one aspect of them not having he...

In The Kite Runner, Amir and Soraya's relationship differs from most Afghan relationships. How does it differ?

I know things like Soraya not being pure is one aspect of them not having he traditional Afghan but are there other things I should take in consideration. I have been looking at the diction that Hosseini uses.

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Amir and Soraya are really quite similar to Amir's own parental relationship, but the coupling certainly differs from Soraya's own parents and most other Afghan marriages. Soraya is not unlike Amir's own mother, who was a university professor from a royal background. Baba had no problem with his wife working, and he was proud of his wife's beauty and upbringing. Soraya, too, hopes to become a teacher, and Amir does not dispute her right to become educated and earn a living. General Taheri is more of a traditional Afghan male: He is the dominant member of the household, and he refuses to allow his wife to work or even continue to sing, and she certainly has no part in the decision-making of the home.

Amir gives Soraya more responsibility and equality in their marriage than in most traditional Afghan unions. He has forgiven Soraya for her past indiscretions, recognizing that her admission of her past sins has cleansed her in a way that his own sins will not allow. Soraya, like Amir's mother, is both beautiful and intelligent, and he shows no signs of trying to quash her own dreams in the way the general has manipulated to his own wife. Taheri believes Soraya is too well educated to become a mere teacher, and he attempts to convince her to seek out a higher degree in medicine or the law. However, Amir allows his wife to choose her own profession, and he supports her decision fully.

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