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In the novel, Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, who is the antagonist?

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greenkiwi2010 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted June 5, 2013 at 12:57 AM via iOS

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In the novel, Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, who is the antagonist?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 5, 2013 at 3:26 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a complex question. There are several different answers that can be given. So, let me give you a few points for consideration. 

First, on the most basic level we can say that Assef is the antagonist. He is the bully that took advantage of Hassan, and he is the one who created fear in Amir. Moreover, it was on account of him that Amir drifted from Hassan. 

Second, we can say that the Taliban is also the antagonist, because it was their intolerant rule that caused so much of the grief in Amir's life, not to mention Baba's life. 

Finally, we can say that Amir was the antagonist (as well as protagonist), because this is a story of redemption. Amir had to make things right by facing his past and demons. 

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