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Who is Sanaubar and how is she contrasted to Amir's mother in The Kite Runner?

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ftc1234 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 10, 2011 at 6:35 AM via web

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Who is Sanaubar and how is she contrasted to Amir's mother in The Kite Runner?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Sanuabar is Ali's wife and Hassan's mother. Aside from her beauty, she is the polar opposite of Amir's late mother, Sofia Akrami. While Amir's mother was of royal heritage, a university professor of Farsi literature,

... and one of Kabul's most respected, beautiful, and virtuous ladies...

Sanuabar had apparently prostituted herself before (and possibly during) her marriage to her cousin, Ali. Amir relates the story of Hassan being accosted by a group of soldiers who claim to have had sex with Sanuabar. Shortly after Hassan's birth, Sanuabar

... ran off with a clan of traveling singers and dancers.

Amir discovers much later in the novel that Baba had actually impregnated Sanuabar (Ali was sterile) and that Hassan was actually his own half-brother. So, while Amir's mother was of royal lineage and died while giving birth to Amir, Sanuabar was a tramp who gave bore her son outside of marriage and then soon deserted her Hassan.

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