In The Kite Runner, describe Baba's relationship with Hassan. How does it change, and what prompts the changes?

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Baba has a very close relationship with Hassan; he treats him like he's his own son. There's a good reason for this: he is his son. Amir doesn't find out about this until later on, but when he does, it explains everything. Growing up, Amir was always jealous of the attention that his father lavished on Hassan. So when Hassan was raped by Assef, he seized the opportunity to have him sent away. This way, Amir hoped to take what he believed to be his rightful place in Baba's affections.

After Amir discovers the truth about Hassan's parentage, he realizes that he has to make amends for the appalling way he treated him when they were young. This involves traveling back to Afghanistan to adopt Sohrab, Hassan's orphaned son. In symbolic terms, Amir is trying to bring Hassan back through his son, reestablishing the connection he had broken all those years ago when he was instrumental in Hassan's banishment.

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Baba has a secret which is not revealed until much later in the novel, but it is obvious that Baba treats both Ali and Hassan as more than just servants. Ali has been with Baba since they were children, and they were playmates much in the same way as Hassan and Amir. Baba treats Hassan almost as his own child, and we discover later that Hassan actually is Baba's son by Ali's wife. It explains why Baba admired Hassan and gave him such nice gifts, presenting him with the operation to rid him of his hairlip. When Amir suggests that Ali and Hassan need to be replaced, Baba explodes, telling his son that they are members of the family. Things change between Hassan and Baba only after Hassan is falsely accused of the theft of Amir's birthday gifts. Hassan refuses to defend himself, admitting that he was the thief (and probably understanding that it was Amir who had planted them). Whether Baba knew this is unknown, but he was unable to keep Ali from leaving the household, and Baba never saw his son, Hassan, again.

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