Who was Mullah Faizullah in A Thousand Splendid Suns most like in The Thorn Birds and The Kite Runner?

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Mullah Faizullah is comparable to Dane Cleary in The Thorn Birds and Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner . Mullah Faizullah teaches Miriam passages of the Koran and Muslim prayers. He is the only positive role model in Miriam's life and functions as her conscience. She never sees him again...

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Mullah Faizullah is comparable to Dane Cleary in The Thorn Birds and Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner. Mullah Faizullah teaches Miriam passages of the Koran and Muslim prayers. He is the only positive role model in Miriam's life and functions as her conscience. She never sees him again after she leaves Kabul, yet his teachings guide Miriam throughout her life.

Similarly, Dane is a source of guidance and emotional support for his sister Justine. Although Justine is not particularly religious, Dane's unconditional love makes up for her mother Meggie's favoritism toward Dane. Dane eventually joins the Catholic Church and is described by Cardinal Ralph as the "perfect priest." Shortly after becoming a priest, Dane goes to Greece alone, planning to return to the Vatican afterward to begin his priesthood. Dane succeeds in rescuing two women from drowning and ends up drowning himself. This sacrifice transforms Dane into a martyr-like figure.

Rahim Khan is a father figure for Amir, who struggles to communicate with an emotionally distant Baba. Rahim informs Amir that Hassan has a son named Sohrab and that Hassan and his wife were killed by the Taliban. He convinces and helps Amir rescue Sohrab from the Taliban. Throughout adulthood, Amir was plagued by regret for having stood by as Hassan was raped by Assef when they were children. Assef joins the Taliban and goes on to rape Sohrab. By rescuing the boy and later adopting him, Amir is redeemed for his betrayal of Sohrab when they were children.

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