Kite Runner Essay
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Hassan – Amir’s best childhood friend. He was often bullied by Assef and his followers Kamal and Wali. He was Ali’s son even though later in the novel, it is revealed that he is truly the son of Baba and Amir’s brother. Late in the book, they allow us to know by saying that there is a special closeness that people who fed from the same breasts share. He was poorly educated and stood up for what he believed in, even if it meant dying for it.
He always stood up for Amir no matter what the consequence, even if its him being raped. In the end of the novel, he does get shot for not giving up Amir’s property after he had moved to America.
Amir – The main character who is the son of Baba. His mother died during childbirth. He always holds himself responsible and wonders what things would be like if his mother had not died.
He has always looked up to Baba and wondered why Baba is so distant with his emotions. He befriended Hassan as a child and they became inseparable. He was educated and read to Hassan often but every so often he did become a victim of peer pressure and bullied Hassan even though Hassan would always stand up for him.
Assef – The bully in Amir and Hassan’s childhood story. He thought he was better than them both and always referred to Hassan as a Hazara, and wonders why Amir hangs out with him. Amir is a Pashtun which are referred to as the “Real Afghans” He later grew up to be a part of the extremist group called the Taliban and tried to control the people of Afghanistan. He ruled a trafficking system that Amir later saved a child from.
Baba – Amir’s father who only wanted a better life for his son. Baba always tried to make Amir stand up for himself and tried to make his son be more like him. Baba is a very noble and well respected man, is not able to connect, nor understand his twelve year old son, Amir. This lack of understanding, leads to Baba not being able to satisfy the needs of Amir, as a father should. Baba is very renowned for being a rich but generous man in Kabul.
With his wealth he does great things, he built an orphanage and often gives money to the poor, for this most people respect him. Baba is definitely an admirable man in most of his actions but he has some flaws just like everyone else does. One of Baba’s faults is his fathering skills, which he has little of, if any. As a single parent Baba tries to connect with Amir, but struggles deeply to find any common interests as they are very different people. He treated Ali as a brother and Hassan as a son (even though Hassan was his other son). He was intelligent and supported Amir. Amir and Baba were very close as father and son and had a strong bond that even in later life did not break.
Rahim Khan – He is Baba’s close friend and partner in business. He is also a mentor to Amir as he is growing up. Rahim Khan is constantly being a good listener for Amir and always asks to read Amir’s stories. Rahim is a good man, and is always the voice of reason. After Amir leaves for America, he still wants Amir to be the man that Baba dreamed of him being.
Soraya- is Amir’s wife and because she is a woman in an Afghan society, her social status is significantly lower than a man’s. She has a rather scandalous past that is talked about as gossip, but she points out that it would be different if she were a man in the same society. She stays the obedient daughter to her father for most of the novel even though their opinions clash sometimes. For example, she reads Amir’s story even though her father forbids it. She wants to stand up to her father at the end of the novel when he worry’s about what people will think when they find out she is living with a Hazara child. Instead of letting her stand up to her father, Amir stands up for his nephew and does it himself. Soraya is a character to represent the status of woman in a normal Afghan society which is a very low social status.
Summary – Amir is a young traditional Afghanistan boy that lives in Kabul. As child he is a kite runner with his friend Hassan who is also his servant. His father Baba dreams of a bigger and better life outside of Kabul. They soon leave for America and after leaving, Amit meets his bride to be Soraya (who was also from Afghanistan). They marry and live happily but Baba passes away. Amir gets an unexpected call from Rahim Khan telling him to come back and he is told that Hassan was shot by the Taliban and that he was Amirs brother and he had a son named Sohrab. Amir then goes to find his nephew but realized the Taliban has taken him into a trafficking system. Amir goes to save him and discovers that Assef is the one who had taken him. He then rescues Sohrab and takes him back to America to live without fear.