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Who is Sanaubar and how is she contrasted to Amir's mother in The Kite Runner?

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Amir's mother is described as a princess, while Hassan's mother, Sanaubar, is flighty and abandons her family just after Hassan is born. In essence, the two women are portrayed as polar opposites, at least in the beginning. We don't learn much more about Amir's mother; she remains an almost mythical figure without faults. In death, she becomes more perfect than she probably ever was in life. This is especially hard on Amir because he considers her death his fault. Since she died giving birth to him and since he has no memory of her, he can remember nothing imperfect about her. He killed the perfect mother.

Even so, Amir probably inherited his love of books and literature from his mother. He is the artistic, pacifist son whom Baba loves and resents, partly because of these traits from his mother.

Hassan, on the other hand, is described as being unable to cause pain even while being born. Sanaubar did not have any difficulty in childbirth, and Hassan was smiling immediately after he was...

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