Compare the characters of Colleen McCullough's The Thorn Birds with the characters of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Who is most similar to Assef and Rasheed? Who is most unlike Amir and Tariq?

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To determine the character in Colleen McCullough's The Thorn Birds who is similar to Assef in The Kite Runner and Rasheed in A Thousand Splendid Suns but opposite Amir and Tariq, we first have to determine the traits of these characters. Let's do that and then return to The Thorn Birds.

Assef and Rasheed are both villains. Assef rapes Hassan and is generally a bully all the way around. Rasheed is an abusive husband. These are not characters we like. In fact, we might even despise them, and they serve as antagonists in their stories.

Amir and Tariq, on the other hand, are much more sympathetic characters. Amir is far from perfect, but he improves over time and ends up putting himself at risk to save Sohrab. Amir strives to be a good husband and adoptive father. Tariq loves Laila but has to leave Afghanistan. He comes back for her later, and they make a life together serving others.

Now let's think about the characters of The Thorn Birds. We might focus on Luke O'Neill, Meggie Cleary's husband. Luke is hardly a good husband to Meggie. In fact, he often leaves her by herself and treats her abominably when he is home. Luke cares most about making money and fails even to acknowledge his own daughter, Justine, at her birth.

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