How are Soraya and Amir alike and different in The Kite Runner?

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Both Soraya and Amir are ethnic Pashtuns, who immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan. Both Soraya and Amir have powerful, influential fathers, who are dominating figures in their lives. Soraya's father is General Taheri, who places great value on upholding Afghan traditions and is an extremely masculine individual. Similarly,...

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Both Soraya and Amir are ethnic Pashtuns, who immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan. Both Soraya and Amir have powerful, influential fathers, who are dominating figures in their lives. Soraya's father is General Taheri, who places great value on upholding Afghan traditions and is an extremely masculine individual. Similarly, Baba is a strong man, who is renowned for his success in business and intimidating persona. Both Soraya and Amir share an affinity for education and literature. Soraya is a teacher and Amir is a successful writer. Soraya and Amir both have dark pasts, which continue to haunt each of them. Soraya tells Amir that she brought shame to her family after running away with an Afghan man when she was younger and Amir harbors the guilt of not intervening when Assef raped Hassan. While Soraya courageously admits to her past transgressions, Amir initially holds onto his dark secret and only informs Soraya when he feels it is necessary to tell her.

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The characters of Soraya and Amir share many similarities. Both have grown up in Afghanistan as the children of powerful, influential fathers: Baba is a rich philanthropist, while Iqbal Taheri is an army general. Both Amir and Soraya share dark secrets in their past: Amir's betrayal of Hassan haunts him continuously, while Soraya's affair with a past boyfriend has tainted her reputation and caused distress in the family. They have each caused harm to their mothers: Amir's mother died during childbirth, while Soraya's mother suffered a stroke when she ran away from home. Both Amir and Soraya wonder if they are worthy of the other. They each yearn for children, but Soraya is unable to have one of her own. Following their marriage, the relationships with their parents improve, and they seem to thrive on the independence they have apart from them.

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