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What are the traits of the characters in The Kite Runner?

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harry7459 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted February 14, 2013 at 4:40 AM via web

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What are the traits of the characters in The Kite Runner?

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harry7459 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted February 14, 2013 at 4:43 AM (Answer #1)

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1.AMIR

lThere are several Amirs in the novel:
l(a) In Afghanistan
lAt 12 – privileged bookish boy
lSensitive – cries at chapandaz
lFather’s opinion of him –troubled relationship
lJealous and taunts Hassan – small cruelities – reason?
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l (b) In USA
lYg man studying to be a writer
lDifferent to Afghan man – Soraya
lFalls in love – wins over wife’s family
lLooks after Baba
lHe flourishes and is appreciated
lStill taunted by his treatment of Hassan – childlessness
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l (c)  Returns to Peshawar/Kabul
lShows strength he didn’t know
lHe flourishes and is appreciated
lStill taunted by his treatment of Hassan – childlessness
lReady to die for his atonement
lOpens his heart to damaged Sohrab
lSignals his move towards wholeness
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2. HASSAN 

lGentle, hardworking and accepts his place in socy.
lDoesn’t like Amir’s cruel acts – adores him
lYet courageous enough to defend him
lIncapable of hurting anyone
lBest Kite Runner –intelligent
lSelf sacrificing
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3. BABA

lBaba is physically commanding, complex and contradictory
lCapable of bravery as well as senseless violence
lGenerous and philanthropic
lImpatient with and hard on Amir
lStrong sense of morality (theft, woman’s virtue)
lYet Hassan’s biological father
lDifferent man in USA – chooses his to die on own terms
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4. RAHIM KHAN

lBaba’s business partner – understands Amir
lAmir’s mentor and friend
lKnows Amir’s dark secret – yet loves him
lProvides him with a “way to be good again.”
lIn what way is Rahim Khan the “soul” of the novel?

5. ALI

lPhysically deformed but pure of heart
lHe is the physical and moral opposite of Baba
lMocked by children (Babalu – bogeyman)
lGreat love for his son despite the secret about his birth
lAlmost saintly man
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6. ASSEF 

lRacist bully and sociopath
lHorrific acts – perverse
lHe emobodies brutality, corruption and moral bankruptcy of the Taliban
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7. SORAYA
lInitially tragic figure
lAmir’s marriage frees her from traditional scorn
lEmerges as a strong, compassionate, intelligent wife
lWelcomes Sohrab warmly and openly
lRepresents new relations and power between male and female of Afghans in USA
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