Compare and contrast Soraya and Amir's relationships with their fathers in "The Kite Runner".

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles


Father figure as distant and authoritarian. Both characters feel that they often have to measure up to their father's expectations of them.

Body: (Compare & contrast)

Soraya- views father as someone who does not understand her, wants her to be someone she's not.

Amir- always seeking to gain father's approval, finds that he can't quite measure up to his father's expectations.

* Consider as well how their relationships with their fathers helped shape their personalities growing up- Amir (emasculated to an extent by his father's overt masculinity) and Soraya (demurring to her father's expectations even after she is married- she doesn't drink in front of her father etc)

*Be sure that it is a comparison and not just alist of facts pertaining Soraya & Amir's relationshipwith their respective fathers.

  1. Think about who seems to have an easier time getting along with his/her father as the novel progresses.
  2. Think about why the father figure acts in a certain manner; his standing in the community back in Afghanistan- this may impact his expectations of his child.
  3. Think about each father's attitude towards life andliving in the States. (eg: The General's refusal to go on welfare, Amir's father questioning Amir's desire to be a writer)


Describe how similar and different Amir and Soraya's father were. Comment on how their shared experiences in their dealings with parental expectations draw Amir and Soraya together as adults.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial