How is evil manifested in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini?

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Evil is manifested in the wicked motives of certain characters who selfishly take advantage of others and harm them both directly and indirectly. For example, Amir demonstrates his capacity for evil by refusing to help Hassan in a time of need and falsely blaming him for stealing his birthday gifts. Evil is also manifested in Amir's feelings of jealousy and resentment towards Hassan, which motivate him to trick and tease Hassan for amusement. Baba's capacity for evil is also displayed as he refuses to acknowledge his illegitimate son and dismisses Amir on an everyday basis. Evil is also manifested in Baba's decision to have an affair with Ali's wife and his refusal to acknowledge that Ali is his best friend. Assef embodies evil by sexually molesting...

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