Amir's identity is effected by his inability to conform to his gender…
Amir's identity is effected by his inability to conform to his gender expectations.
Wealthy Pashtun Male
Drove Ford Mustang (Power +)
School (Gender Power +)
Servants (Power +)
Lived in Mansion (Power+)
Baba doesn't think writing is manly (Gender -)
Goes to college (Power +)
Writing for Soraya (Power Gender +)
Amir gets picked on and Hassan helps him (Power -)
Baba stands up for bus lady and Amir tells him to stop (Power -)
Let Hassan get raped (power -)
Sets Hassan up to leave (Power -)
Adopt Hassans kid (power +)
Got Married (Gender Power +)
Cant have kids (power -)
Cries in front of wife (power -)
Let Hassan get raped
Wants to be a writer
Gets car sick
Cant stand up for himself
“A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.” (22).
"I knew he saw m car sickness as yet another of my array of weakness- I saw it on his embarressed face" (110).
"Of course, marrying a poet was one thing, but fathering a son who preferred burying his face in poetry books to hunting...well, that wasn't how Baba had envisioned it, I suppose. Real men didn't read poetry – and God forbid they should ever write it! Real men – real boys – played soccer just as Baba had when he had been young" (20)
"I ran because I was a coward. I was affraid of Assef and what he would do to me" (Hoessini 77).