Who is Archbishop Vittorio in The Thorn Birds most like in The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns?

Archbishop Vittorio in The Thorn Birds is most like Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner, and Hakim in A Thousand Splendid Suns. These characters all share similarities through their kindness, tolerance, and wisdom.

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In The Thorn Birds, Archbishop (later Cardinal) Vittorio di Contini Verchese is a wise, tolerant and kindly father-figure to Ralph de Bricassart. Archbishop Vittorio is a relatively minor character, whose main function is to advise and assist Ralph.

In the same way, Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner acts as a benevolent father-figure to Amir. He listens to Amir and encourages him with his writing in a way that Amir's real father, a more forbidding and demanding figure, does not. Like Archbishop Vittorio, Rahim Khan supports and guides the protagonist, and has his best interests at heart. The two men are also alike in being soft-spoken and self-effacing, and in being paragons of calm and sanity while those around them are driven by intense emotion.

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, the character who most resembles Archbishop Vittorio is Hakim (Babi), the father of Laila. Like the Archbishop, Hakim is seen principally in terms of his positive effect on Laila, guiding, educating and encouraging her. His relationship with his protege is the closest of the three, since she is actually his daughter, but like Vittorio and Rahim Khan, he focuses on education, as well as spiritual and moral progress, telling Laila that she can be anything she wants to be, and that she has a vital role to play in the future of her country. He is also modest and humble, in the same way as Vittorio.

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