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The Complexity of a HomeTo be at home is to be at peace within oneself Khaled Hosseini author of the bestselling novel The Kite Runner focuses greatly on the connection characters feel to a certain location as a home But every action has an equal and opposite reaction Hosseini also explains the consequences of over and under attachment to a specific location through the characters Baba and General Taheri Amir and Assef Baba and General Taheri have a similar connection to Afghanistan that they carry with them into the United States Both have such a profound connection to their homes that they experience great troubles while trying to adapt to American life which might have been the reasoning behind Babas explosion towards the Nguyens Hosseini 127 Baba was so accustomed to his life in Afghanistan that he expressed his discontent with his new life through anger and violence America does not only affect Baba emotionally but also physically This is evident when Amir suggests that Baba seemed to be taller while living in Kabul 131 America has impaired his stature causing him to go from a towering self-confident man in Kabul to a small weak gas station manager in California General Taheri conveys the relationship with Afghanistan differently than Baba in which Taheri does not make any progress in adapting to the American way of life After Amir and Sorayas marriage Amir learns that he had kept his family on welfare and had never held a job in the US preferring to cash government checks than degrading himself with work unsuitable for a man of his stature 176 General Taheri failed to support his family in the United States both financially and emotionally because he was obsessed with returning to Afghanistan to resume his formal position in the Military of Defense Baba and General Taheri both demonstrate that having a strong love for ones country is admirable unless it damages families and friendships Amir unlike
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