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Families all around the world face many hurdles. Families that choose to migrate from one country to another face many difficulties and challenges while doing so. A family that migrates has to deal with number of changes whether it is financially or culturally. But whatever the change may be, A family that immigrates to another country grows closer, as seen in The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini and No great Mischief by Alistair Macleod .Families that migrate grow closer, whether it is a family of two in the kite runner or a big family like The kite runner or in a big family as seen in No great Mischief and the kite runner.

Families that choose to migrate to another country in search of better employment or just safety usually grow closer. The Kite Runner, A novel by Khalid Hussein shows the various difficulties a family of just two faces when they moved to America. At the start of the book the author portrays Amir and his father Baba having an unhealthy relationship .Amir a young boy who wants a little appreciation from his father .Baba on the other hand think his son is weak and is not capable of being what he intends his son on being. We see Amir ready to do anything just to get his father's approval"No,Baba jan,"I said desperately wishing I did .I didn't want to disappoint him again"(Khaled Hosseini,21). But as we progress through the book we see that due to the unstable political conditions in Afghanistan (The home country of Amir and Baba) Baba and Amir decide to migrate.Baba who, was once a respectable person with a decent amount of wealth in his home country now works in a Gas station in America. Like any other immigrant family Amir and his father Baba found it hard at the start .The change in culture and lifestyle.

"Does he think I am a thief?"Baba said, his voice rising, People had gathered outside. They were staring "What kind of a country is this? No one trusts anybody!"

"I call police," Mrs Nguyen said, poking out her face."You get out or I call police."

"Please, Mrs Nguyen, don't call the police. I'll take him home. Just don't call the police, okay? Please?"(Khaled Hosseini,135)

From the text above we see Baba get into a scuffle at the local grocery store.Also we see Amir acting very sensibly and maturely.I think it is after this section in the book that we see Baba taking Amir seriously.He realized that he wouldn't be able to survive without the help of Amir. This stunned him. Baba once a very capable man in his home country Afghanistan now has to rely on his son since he isn't able to speak English very well.Also we Amir taking this opportunity to show his dad how mature he is. As the reader progresses reading the book from this point , one notices that Baba and Amir share a more closer relationship, a relationship they never had as father and son in their home country. We see that the increased amount dependence Baba had on Amir, played a factor improving the relationship between Amir and Baba.

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