Essay: Amir and Baba in America

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Kite Runner

Two Views of America in Kite Runner

In Khaled Hosseini's novel the Kite Runner, Amir and his father Baba are forced to leave the life of wealth and luxury that they enjoy in Afghanistan when the Soviet's invade the country, and they find themselves in Fremont, California where the aristocratic and even noble Baba, according to his own reckoning of his lineage, works as a gas attendant. Both of these characters have very different views of their new home in America, largely based on the differences in there own personal histories both before their arrival in the country and as they experience the very different life that America offers them Amir has always been somewhat scared of Baba, who views him as somewhat weak and cowardly; Amir also wonders if his father blames him for his mother's death, because she died while giving birth to him. Amir is also hiding from a very shameful and ultimately spiteful act that he carried out against his best friend in Afghanistan, and this also colors the way that he views America in comparison to his father.

Baba has always been resilient and steadfast, and though one might expect his arrogance and confidence to have been diminished by his fall from wealth and his new position as a gas station attendant, this is not at all what happens. He perseveres, attempting to forge a living for himself and his son. His life to this point has consisted of people listening to him, however, and he runs into trouble at times, with Amir apologizing, "My father is still adjusting to life in America" (128). Though he certainly strives to build a successful new life, Baba still sees America from a primarily Afghani… [END OF PREVIEW]

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