A talk over tulips…

In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, early in the morning, Amir and his father Baba are found outside planting tulips. As Amir handed Baba tulips, Baba dug up the soil and planted the flowers. A conversation had sprung up where Baba was telling Amir how tulips should not be planted in the fall. While Baba spoke, Amir felt the urge to let out his thoughts. With a lack of confidence, Amir interrupted Baba and uttered what was on his mind…

“Baba, have you ever thought about getting new servants?”

This question Amir had asked startled Baba because he had grown up with Ali. For 40 years, Ali had served Baba and his family. Frustration had overcome Baba, he reminded Amir of how much he loved Ali and Hassan, and how they’re not going anywhere. He made sure that Amir would never ask that question again because of the shame it brought on him. I feel that this quote is important because of the reasoning behind it. Amir had come to a point in his life where he no longer wanted to see, talk, or even step in the same room as Hassan. Later on, we will see Amir show his true colors in a way that drives his family and Hassan’s apart.

 

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