How do minor characters play an important role in The Kite Runner?

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Sanaubar is a very minor character, yet she plays a significant role in reinforcing one of the novel’s key themes that “there is a way to be good again.” She abandons her son Hassan immediately after he is born, but she returns years later and atones for her grievous mistake. To redeem herself, she delivers Hassan’s son, Sohrab, and dotes on him until her death. Her actions prepare the reader to observe Amir finding his own path toward redemption after he failed to intervene on Hassan’s behalf on that fateful winter day in the alley.

Rahim Khan is another minor character, though he appears in the novel more than Sanaubar. He performs quite a few functions in the novel, as he provides Amir with a respite from his father’s cruel, distant attitude toward him. Rahim Khan sincerely encourages Amir to pursue fiction writing, which eventually becomes his career. And, crucially, Rahim Khan calls Amir from Afghanistan...

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