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What are some of young Amir’s character weaknesses in The Kite Runner?

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir has several clear character weaknesses as a young boy. Not surprisingly, he takes his position as the son of a wealthy man for granted. Although he spends all of his childhood days with Hassan, he does not consider Hassan a friend. This is probably because Hassan is the son of his father’s servant. Amir says,

The curious thing was, I never thought of Hassan and me as friends either. Not in the usual sense, anyhow. Never mind that we taught each other to ride a bicycle with no hands, or to build a fully functional homemade camera out of a cardboard box. Never mind that we spent entire winters flying kites, running kites.

He also plays pranks on people, generally without caring about what the impact of the pranks will be. For instance, he says,

When we were children, Hassan and I used to climb the poplar trees in the driveway of my father's house and annoy our neighbors by reflecting sunlight into their homes with a shard of mirror.

He even...

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