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What are a few character traits of Amir from The Kite Runner?I cannot find exact words...

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broadwayprinc... | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 21, 2011 at 9:14 AM via web

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What are a few character traits of Amir from The Kite Runner?

I cannot find exact words to describe Amir's traits. It would be best if the answers were single words. Like "selfish" or "condescending". Thank you (:

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

Posted July 22, 2011 at 5:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Amir comes from a privileged background in Kabul. Amir's father, Baba, is quite wealthy, and his family has associated with the past rulers of Afghanistan. Consequently, Amir is a bit spoiled, and he never forgets that his closest companion, Hassan, is but a servant and a Hazari--the most ill-treated and disrespected tribal group in the country. When Baba pays too much attention to Hassan, Amir becomes jealous and vindictive. Amir refuses to spend much time in public with Hassan, because his presence with a Hazari servant embarrasses him. Amir is often condescending when telling him stories and explaining things he has learned in school. Amir shows incredible disloyalty and cowardice when he refuses to help Hassan when he is sodomized by Assef. Amir's deceit intensifies when he plants his birthday gifts under Hassan's mattress because of his jealousy over Baba's attentiveness to Hassan. Although intelligent, Amir feels incapable of living up to his father's expectations, and he has an unquenchable desire to attain his father's love and respect.

As an adult, Amir eventually matures into an honorable man and loving husband. Still desperate to receive atonement for his indiscretions, he willingly risks his life during a courageous return to Afghanistan to hunt for his nephew, Sohrab.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted August 1, 2011 at 11:09 PM (Answer #2)

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This question has already been answered on eNotes.  Here is a link for you:  http://www.enotes.com/kite-runner/q-and-a/what-three-character-triats-amir-an-example-for-79375

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