What happened to Amir's mother in The Kite Runner?

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Amir's mother, Sofia Akrami, tragically hemorrhaged to death while giving birth to her son in 1963. Sofia Akrami was a descendant of the royal family and was considered the most graceful, virtuous woman in all of Kabul. Sofia was also highly educated and taught classic Farsi literature at the university. Since Baba was not of royal descent, many people scoffed at his attempts to court Sofia but were proved wrong when he successfully married her. Despite Baba's affinity for sports and hopes that Amir will become masculine and athletic, Amir spends the majority of his childhood reading his mother's books. Similar to Sofia, Amir develops a love for literature and eventually goes to college to become a writer. As an adult, Amir travels back to Kabul and has an enlightening conversation with a former professor who knew his mother. The former professor tells Amir that his mother was a beautiful person and describes the last conversation he had with her before she passed away during childbirth.

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Amir's mother, Sofia Akrami, died while giving birth to Amir in 1963. Sofia was a successful professor of classic Farsi literature at the local university in Kabul--"the descendant of a royal family," and the reason that Baba referred to her as "my princess." She was considered one of the most beautiful women in Kabul, and many people were surprised when Baba married her, since he "was not of royal blood." Amir knows little about his mother, but he discovers a few unexpected facts upon his return to Afghanistan when he converses with a beggar on the streets. The old man, Dr. Rasul, had also been a professor, and he remembered Amir's mother.

"Such grace, such dignity, such a tragedy."

They had shared a piece of almond cake and tea with honey, and she was pregnant with Amir at the time, "and all the more beautiful for it." She had told Rasul that

' I'm so afraid... Because I'm so profoundly happy... Happiness like this is frightening... They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you. '

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