In the Kite Runner, what is Ali and Hassan's relationship like? Is it healthy?

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Ali and Hassan have a good, healthy relationship. Despite the fact that Ali never reveals Hassan's true parentage to him, the father and son make for a very positive pair of characters. More than likely, this was a consideration on Hosseini's part to emphasize just how much in life is...

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Ali and Hassan have a good, healthy relationship. Despite the fact that Ali never reveals Hassan's true parentage to him, the father and son make for a very positive pair of characters. More than likely, this was a consideration on Hosseini's part to emphasize just how much in life is up to our choice, not up to fate.

Baba and Amir, Pashtuns, are born with immense privileges and opportunities. They are in good health and wealthy. Ali and Hassan, Hazaras, are servants and are both plagued by physical deformities, which are ridiculed in their harsh society. Amir is Baba's real son, while Hassan is also the illegitimate son of Baba. Even so, Ali and Hassan are the kindest characters in the novel, while Amir and Baba are both deeply flawed, although they seek redemption in time.

In contrast to Amir and Baba struggling with their inner demons, Ali and Hassan are there to show that some people can face difficulties and hardships and rise above them. Neither father nor son ever complains about their physical flaws or lets the ridicule bother them. Although Hassan is not his real son, Ali does his absolute best to raise the boy to be a good person and encourages him in everything, unlike Baba, who disapproves of Amir's writing. With an example like Ali, Hassan grows up to be like his adoptive father: honest, hard-working, absolutely loyal, and kindhearted. It shows that the bond between them was strong and pure: he could have easily been influenced by Amir and Baba, but Hassan always chose to follow Ali's example.

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Ali and Hassan have a healthy, close relationship, which is compared to Baba and Amir's unhealthy, difficult relationship. As Hazaras living in Kabul, Ali and Hassan relate to each other and share similar experiences. Both Ali and Hassan know what it is like to suffer, which only strengthens their relationship. They both endure criticism for being Hazaras and have physical blemishes that people ridicule. As a single father, Ali loves Hassan and he cares for him the best he can. Hassan also trusts and loves his father. After Hassan is tragically raped by Assef, he confides in Ali, who removes his son from Baba's estate in order to protect him. Even though Hassan is not Ali's biological son, Ali cares for him and treats him well. The two have a loving father-son relationship, which is considered healthy and supportive. In contrast, Baba and Amir have a difficult, distant relationship, which is strained by the fact that Baba knows Hassan is his real son.

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