Self-conscious-Amir struggles to live up to his father's expectations as a child. He wishes to please his father by joining the soccer team and acting masculine, but cannot seem to win his father's affection. Amir is stressed out and becomes jealous of Hassan because he cannot please his father.
Cowardly-As a child, Amir is afraid of Assef and watches behind a stone wall as Assef rapes Hassan.
Deceitful-Amir not only lies to Hassan about the meaning of certain words and stories, but also plants his gifts under Hassan's mattress in hopes that Baba will make him leave.
Conflicted-Amir experiences conflict in his relationship with his friend Hassan because Hassan is a Hazara. Amir also feels bad about not stopping Assef from raping Hassan. Amir eventually travels back to Kabul as an adult to save Hassan's son.
Determined-As an adult, Amir is determined to save Sohrab from Afghanistan. He goes to extreme lengths to rescue Sohrab from Assef and bring him to the United States.