In The Kite Runner, how are Amir and Hassan characterized? 

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As a boy in Afghanistan, Amir grows up in wealth and privilege as a member of a Pashtun family, the higher social class in his country. Amir's mother is dead, and his father often seems distant and disapproving to him. Amir is physically weak and unathletic; he lives in books and fantasy, longing to be a writer. These traits do not impress Baba (his father).

Amir longs for a close relationship with Baba. He desperately needs his father's approval and frequently feels jealous when Baba shows love and attention to Hassan, the servant boy who lives in their house. Amir's feelings of personal inferiority make his life miserable as he strives to win his father's approval and feel more worthy; consequently, he often abuses Hassan emotionally, even though Hassan is his only childhood friend. Amir takes advantage of Hassan's illiteracy and lack of power; sometimes he is simply cruel to Hassan,...

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