In The Kite Runner, why is Baba disappointed by Amir's decision to become a writer? During their argument about his career path, Amir thinks to himself: "I would stand my ground, I decided. I didn't want to sacrifice for Baba anymore. The last time I had done that, I had damned myself." What has Amir sacrificed for Baba? How has Amir "damned himself"?

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Amir's desire to become a writer dates back to his childhood. Baba was never supportive of his son's chosen career path despite it being Amir's passion. Baba's best friend and business partner Rahim Khan was, however, a vocal supporter of Amir and his stories. Baba's disapproval comes from his notion of masculinity. Baba is a successful businessman and expects his son to follow in his footsteps. Baba is troubled when he feels Amir is nothing like him; he even states at one point that if he hadn't seen Amir born, he wouldn't believe Amir was his son. This early conflict sets the stage for the even that leads to Amir's "sacrifice."

In a constant search for his father's love and approval, Amir decides he will win the kite-fighting tournament to impress Baba. He does, in fact, win, and his partner Hassan goes to run the runner-up's kite as a trophy. As a result, Hassan is sexually assaulted by Assef, who threatens to take the kite unless Hassan submits. Hassan believes the kite is justly...

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