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

Rahim Khan in The Kite Runner is most like Hakim in A Thousand Splendid Suns and Cardinal Vittorio di Contini-Verchese in The Thorn Birds. Rahim Khan is a kindly, modest father figure to Amir, a man of moral courage and hidden strength.

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Rahim Khan is a kindly, thoughtful character whose mild demeanor hides considerable strength of character. He is one of the few people who can stand up to Baba and is more of a father to Amir than Baba is himself. He acts as Amir's mentor, encouraging his writing, fostering his...

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Rahim Khan is a kindly, thoughtful character whose mild demeanor hides considerable strength of character. He is one of the few people who can stand up to Baba and is more of a father to Amir than Baba is himself. He acts as Amir's mentor, encouraging his writing, fostering his moral development, and showing him "a way to be good again."

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, the closest character to Rahim Khan is Hakim, a mild-mannered scholar who encourages his daughter, Laila, as Rahim Khan does Amir. In a society which does not regard the education of girls as an important matter, Hakim ensures that his daughter is well-educated and understands the power of knowledge. He tells her that she has an important part to play in her country's future. Like Rahim Khan, Hakim is self-effacing and mainly notable for the effect he has on others.

In The Thorn Birds, the closest character to Rahim Khan is Archbishop (later Cardinal) Vittorio di Contini-Verchese. Where Rahim Khan is a father figure and Hakim is Laila's biological father, Vittorio is a Father in the sense of being a Roman Catholic priest. He is a kindly and selfless mentor to Ralph de Bricassart, encouraging Ralph to do what is best for him and only following his religious vocation if he is certain that it is the right thing to do.

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