When Amir and Baba moved to the states their relationship changes. Discuss the changes in their communication as father and son.

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When Baba and Amir move to America, Amir begins to find his place, while Baba struggles.  Amir recalls that:

Baba loved the idea of America. It was living in America that gave him an ulcer (125).

For once, Amir is the confident character, while his father feels out of place and longs for his homeland and all the recognition and power associated with Afghanistan.  Amir adapts quickly because America is an escape from his past, and he is almost able to put to rest his guilty conscience.  Because of this reversal of attitude in these two characters, Amir almost becomes the leader in the relationship.  He takes care of his father and makes his own decisions.  For example, Baba wants Amir to major in something practical such as medicine or law, but Amir stands his ground--even when he knows that it might disappoint Baba--and studies writing.

Their communication has changed because of the role reversal.  While Baba is still stubborn and speaks his mind, he actually listens to what Amir says.  He starts to ask Amir questions rather than issuing commands. At the end of Baba's life, Amir is very close to the relationship that he always longed for with Baba.

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