Relationships are an important theme in The Kite Runner because they provide much of the conflict and much of the resolution in the story. There are several different sets of relationships that involve conflict and resolution but I am going to focus on three major ones, the relationship between Baba and Ali, the relationship between Amir and Hassan, and the relationship between Amir and Baba. Baba and Ali have a strange relationship they are master and servant, one was overly rich and the other had just the essentials to life. The two grew up with one another though.
Baba and Ali have a healthy relationship in the first ten chapters of the book. They appear to enjoy each other’s company as they smoke and talk frequently in Baba’s study room. Ali was the father of Hassan who was a hazzara. Amir and Hassan spent most of their child-hood together, which was when Hassan wasn’t helping out with his fathers work. Baba treated Ali and his son with a lot of respect for a servant. He provided them with food, bedding and money when they needed it. Although they have sort of a business relationship it was more personal then business. The two were very social and were considered to be ‘best of friends’.
Amir and Hassan have a very strange relationship. They spent majority of their childhood at each other’s side. The two boys even breast-fed from the same woman because both of their mothers were not around at birth. Amir went to school while Hassan did chores around the house. Amir would come home and spend his time in his room doing schoolwork or reading and spending time with Hassan. The boys would walk up the grassy hill and sit beneath a pomegranate tree and Amir would read books to Hassan for hours at a time, Hassan loved when Amir would read to him. The boys enter themselves in the winter Kite flying contest.
Hassan was the kite runner, as lines of kites where chopped off it was up to the kite runner to run through the streets and find the falling kites. Somehow Hassan would always end up knowing exactly where the kite was going to land. It came the day for the big contest in the winter of 1965, Amir ended up being the last kite standing and Hassan pulled away with the last kite to fall, this was a very important prize for all of the kite runners. Hassan and Amir’s relationship changed drastically that day. On Hassan’s walk back he was walking through an alleyway when Assef and his two friends Wali and Kamal stopped him.
Amir had been looking everywhere for Hassan he stumbled upon the alleyway just in time to watch his best friend get raped by Assef. Amir stood and watched as he thought to himself, do I say something or should I be cowardly and save my self from what is happening to Hassan right now. Amir ended up just walking away and never speaking about it again. He let emotion build up inside and watched as Hassan suffered terribly over the next month. Things only got worse from there and escalated to the point where Amir could no longer see Hassan anymore. He decided to plant some money and his watch underneath Hassan’s mattress.
When Baba found out he asked Hassan how it got under there and he said that he stole it himself. After long thought Ali told Baba and Amir it was best if they packed up and moved on. The boy’s relationship towards the last few chapters was very weak and filled with conflict. It was very hard but in their best interest for the two to move on. The relationship between Baba and Amir is very unique for a father- son relationship. Amir feels like his father doesn’t take interest in him or what he enjoys doing. Amir is the type who loves when he gets a lot of homework because that gives him an excuse to spend hours up in his room.
He also loves literature and reading books. Not only does he read but also he enjoys and takes passion in writing. When Amir writes he loves reading his stories to Hassan and even his father Ali. Amir fears showing his stories to his father and feels like he will become bored or lose interest. Baba grew up playing soccer and wanted his son to turn out the same way, an athlete. Amir knew this as well he could feel a sort of gap or that something was missing between him and his father. They were both men of different nature and sometimes he wondered if Baba was even his father.