In The Kite Runner, The relationship between Amir and Baba is not always positive throughout novel. At the beginning of the novel, the author gives an impression to the reader that Amir is looking for the love, respect and approval of Baba he felt he has never had. Whereas Baba feels that his son is not living up to his physical, social, religious and cultural expectations and provides little time for him. The Kite Runner revolves around betrayal and redemption. “Redemption is the act of saying or being saved from sin, error or evil, which the main character Amir seems to need the most.” Amir lives with the guilt he has built up over the years . Amir’s fathers words still echo through his head “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.” -pg. 24 Although Amir destroyed the lives of many people, and he has had more than one opportunity to redeem himself of his guilt, he is not the selfish little boy he once was. Amir eventually fulfill his father expectation by winning the kite tournament in Kabul, traveling back to afagnistan to get Hassan child, sorab, and standing uo against general taheri.
Throughout the novel, one of the main characters Amir, feels like sometimes his father does not truly love him the way Hassan does. Baba, is not proud of what his son, Amir has become. Instead of playing sports like soccer, his son would rather sit at home and read novels. Baba also does not like how he doesn’t stick up for himself. baba is mad that Amir turned out nothing like him. Amir basically explains to us that feels like he can never win over his father’s Love. He thinks that Baba blames him for his mother’s death and also makes him feels responsible for the cause of it. One night as Amir is overhearing a conversation between Baba and Rahim Khan Baba says, “But he’s always buried in those books or shuffling around the house like he’s lost in some dream” (21). Baba believes that there is something missing in his son and not quite right. Baba ends the conversation with Rahim Khan by saying, “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he’s my son” (23). Baba does not want to accept Amir for how he acts and what his personality is. Instead, he just deals with it by not getting overly involved with Amir. From that point on, Amir will try to do anything in his power to please his father and make him proud, so he set a goal for himself to win the kite tournament that was going to happen the next day. And eventually that day came, and he won the kite tournament and made baba open up his eyes a little more in seeing that his son really does have accomplishment in him.
Amir next significant move to coming closer to his father expectation was by returning to Afghanistan and rescuing Sohrab, who, he discovers is his nephew. Amir feels as though by doing this he is proving that he was faithful to Hassan all along and is removing his guilt. Since he had failed Hassan when they were both children, and also letting him get raped, amir think this is a form of redemption for him and being the man he needs to be so can live up to his father expectation. When Afghanistan fell apart, it is possible that Ali and Hassan might have escaped with Baba and Amir and not have died. In rescuing Soharab, Amir is forced to face his nemesis, Assef, whom he defeats only with the help of Sohrab, who destroys Assef’s eye with his slingshot, allowing Amir and Sohrab to escape. “What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975 I felt at peace. I laughed because I saw that, in some nook in the corner of my mind, I had been looking forward to this”(pg303). This quote explains how amir feels at peace after assef almost tried to kill him. In his mind, he feels that taking the beating from asset is him finally showing that he would do anything for Hassan, and in a way finally redeeming hismsely for sins he idd in the past. But even though he does not defeat Assef singlehandedly, he has confronted him with courage, and living up to his father words by being a true man he is today.
One of his last steps oAmir and Soraya did not tell the Taheris the story of why exactly they were adopting Sohrab or how Amir had gotten injured. One day, General Taheri said, “People will ask. They will want to know why there is a Hazara boy living with our daughter. What do I tell them?” Amir, angered, told the general that Sohrab was the son of his illegitimate half-brother and told him never to call him a “Hazara boy” in front of him again.”Hassan is dead now. That boy sleeping on the couch is Hassan’s son. He’s my nephew. That’s what you tell people when they ask… And one more thing, General Sahib, you will never again refer to him as ‘Hazara boy’ in my presence. He has a name and it’s Sohrab” this shows Amir standing up for Sohrab, once again trying to redeem himself to Hassan and his father expectation by finally doing the right thing.