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How are Ralph in The Thorn Birds and Amir in The Kite Runner similar and different to each other?

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Father Ralph and Amir are both portrayed as antiheroes in their respective storylines. They possess significant flaws that drive the story, eventually reconciling with these flaws in order to achieve redemption.

Father Ralph uses his position in the Catholic Church to satisfy his own selfish wants and uses Catholicism to rationalize his actions. He denies Meggie her rightful inheritance as executor of the family's estate in order to pursue his ambition to become a cardinal. He takes advantage of her physically and has sexual relations outside of...

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