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What are the similarities and differences between Amir and Baba in The Kite Runner?

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Hassan and Amir are best friends. While there are similarities between the two, there are also significant differences. Their personalities, faiths, social status, and even experiences are different. Amir is wealthy; Hassan is the son of Amir’s father’s servant.

Amir lives in “Baba's mansion,” and Hassan in “the mud shack where he had been born.” Their religions are different. Hassan is a Shi'a Muslim and an ethnic Hazara. Amir is a Sunni Muslim. Amir attains an education and becomes a writer. Hassan, as the son of a servant, is destined to be a servant himself.

Amir is able to leave Afghanistan with his father. Hassan must stay. Hassan is sweet, good-natured, and often brave: “Even in birth, Hassan was true to his nature: He was incapable of hurting anyone.” Moreover, “Hassan...never told on me.” He always took the punishment himself. By comparison, Amir runs when Hassan is attacked in an alley.

Yet, despite these differences, there...

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