Father and Son Relationships is a very significant theme and it occurs often in The kite runner. First of all, Fatherhood is very important theme because mothers are rarely present in the story. In the beginning novel, Amir and Baba have a problematical relationship. The two lack an intimate relationship. Baba was hard on Amir because it eased the guilt of not treating Hassan equally. However, in the end of the novel, Baba and Amir build a good relationship with each other and Baba dies a happy man. On the contrary to Baba and Amir's relationship, Sohrab and Hassan have a great father and son relationship until Hassan's death.
In Khaled Hosseini’s circadian novel, "The Kite Runner," sacrifice is a major theme shown through the relationships found between Amir and his family. Guilt is an emotion that is seen throughout the plot, which allows sacrifice to emerge in order for redemption to occur. The guilt Amir often feels is towards the people who have sacrificed themselves for his sake, such as the numerous sacrifices of Baba and Hassan. As a child, Amir is self-absorbed. His ultimate goal was to win Baba’s approval, which seems unattainable. As a wealthy Pashto, Amir grew up in a good environment along with servants, one of them being Hassan, the boy who cares for him in an unselfish way, unlike Amir. With Hassan being illiterate, Amir teases him by teaching wrong words instead of being selfless and teaching him. As a result, Amir is incapable of being as kind and good as Hassan. Hassan is prepared to do anything for Amir’s wellbeing and happiness, such as the time when asked if he’d eat dirt for Amir, he said that “if [Amir] asked, [he] would” (, ).
When Amir and Hassan team up during the kite competition as an attempt for Amir to win and please Baba, both of their lives change. After a disputable victory, Hassan runs for Amir’s victory kite because Hassan would run “for [him] a thousand times over” (Ch. 7, ). However, Hassan is cornered then raped by Assef, the neighbourhood bully. Amir watches the entire thing from a corner, too afraid to protect Hassan despite the sacrifice Hassan would do for him thanks to the kite. From that night on, the occurrences of that night in the winter of 1975 haunts Amir for the rest of his life. As if Hassan’s experience on that day hadn’t been enough of a sacrifice, Amir, who is at this point consumed by guilt, plots a scheme to send Hassan and Ali away.
Baba’s greatest sacrifice, and the one which ultimately led to his death, happened when war broke out in Afghanistan. Baba left his w...
in another act of loyalty to the family. Amir finally agrees to rescue the boy who, it turns out, is in a much worse place than an orphanage by the time Amir finds him.
That was supposed to be the end of his obligation: Amir would rescue his nephew, Baba’s grandson, and leave him with a nice family in Pakistan. Instead, Amir is moved to bring Sohrab back to the United States and raise him as his own son. This act of rescue serves as an act of redemption, both for his own sins and his father’s against the true and loyal Hassan.