Parental guidance is an important aspect for the development and growth for a child but the relationship between the two is not always one filled with love. The bond between a father and son, especially growing up in Afghanistan in the late 1970’s, is often a relationship filled with pain and agony in order to teach viable lessons to his son. In Khaled Hosseini’s, The Kite Runner, overseeing the bonds between fathers and sons demonstrates the importance of having a father figure in your life and the many valuable lessons a father can teach his son.
Throughout the novel, different parenting styles are represented through each of the fatherly figures, causing the young boys to have very different experiences while growing up. The relationships between Baba and Amir, Hassan and Sohrab, and Amir and Sohrab all demonstrate the significance of having a fatherly figure in your life and how different parenting styles can affect your development as a child.
The Kite Runner is focused on the growing relationships between father and son but more specifically, Baba and Amir.
Initially, when Amir is still a young boy, the relationship between himself and Baba is very distant. Amir struggles trying to get his father’s attention when all Baba can focus on is how different his son is from him. In a conversation between Baba and Rahim Khan, Amir overhears the two friends discussing the many differences the father and son have. “He’s always buried in those books or shuffling around the house like he’s lost in some dreamI wasn’t like that.
”(Hosseini 21). Baba cannot understand how his son does not share any of the same interests as him and how his personality does not mirror his own. Since Baba cannot get past their different characteristics, he never tries to develop a relationship with his son. The only connection Baba believes he has with Amir is the fact that his wife gave birth to her. Amir also hears Baba tell Rahim Khan that “If I…