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Favorite and most sympathetic characters in The Kite Runner

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Many readers find Hassan to be the most sympathetic character in The Kite Runner due to his unwavering loyalty and innocence despite suffering numerous injustices. Additionally, Amir's journey of redemption and growth earns him sympathy as he seeks to make amends for past mistakes.

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Which character in The Kite Runner do you sympathize with?

Sohrab's character draws considerable sympathy from the reader because of his difficult, traumatic childhood and his experience in such a hostile, abusive environment. Hassan's son, Sohrab, grew up in a loving family with both of his parents and grandmother until the Taliban forces defeated the Northern Alliance and took over Kabul. Tragically, the Taliban forces attempted to ethnically cleanse the city and both of Sohrab's parents were executed in the streets. Following the deaths of Hassan and Farzana, Sohrab was taken to an orphanage in Kabul, where the maniacal Assef sexually molests him on a regular basis. Fortunately, Amir arrives to rescue Sohrab from the terrible situation but Sohrab witnesses Assef nearly kill Amir during their fight. Sohrab then saves Amir's life by using his slingshot to knock out Assef's eye, which ends the fight. After Amir promises to adopt Sohrab and bring him to California, he informs Sohrab that he will have to go back to an orphanage for the time being. However, Sohrab is severely traumatized by his experiences at the Kabul orphanage and attempts to commit suicide but narrowly survives. Even after Amir successfully adopts Sohrab and takes him to California, Sohrab suffers from severe depression and refuses to speak. However, the novel ends on a positive note when Sohrab experiences the joy of flying a kite for the first time. Overall, one can sympathize with Sohrab's character because of his innocence and traumatic childhood, which is both depressing and chilling. No one should have to experience the heinous crimes and abuse that Sohrab has endured as a child, which makes his character draw significant sympathy.

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Which character in The Kite Runner do you sympathize with?

I sympathize with Afganistan.  The portrayal is so powerful that I think Afganistan is almost a character in the book.  When you think about this beautiful country and when it has been through, it is very sad.  I feel that as Americans we only make things worse.

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Which character in The Kite Runner do you sympathize with?

I probably sympathized most with Ali. Crippled, impotent and a Hazara, he was born to the lowest of the classes in Afghanistan. Suffering the added indignity of Baba fathering Hassan with his own wife, and the embarrassment of Hassan being accused of theft, Ali was a pitiful character indeed. His death by a roadside bomb seemed fitting for the life he led in war-torn Afghanistan.

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Which character in The Kite Runner do you sympathize with?

I sympathize with Amir's character.  From the beginning, he tries to be all that he thinks his Baba wants him to be, and soon enough, Amir falls into prejudical feelings about himself and others around him.  He behaves cowardly and despicably when he chooses to leave Hassan in the alley to be raped by Asef's gang; however, he does know that he has made a grave mistake.  Amir then spends the rest of his life trying to make amends for what he has done while trying to become a better man.  Amir is by far no hero, and thus he represents the everyday person who makes mistakes too.  In this way, he is a sympathetic character to me.

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Who is your favorite character in The Kite Runner and why?

I admire Amir for his courage in facing every cruel act he had committed as a boy, in trying to understand why he had done them, and in trying to atone for his sins against Hassan. Amir does not excuse himself for his actions: he acknowledges them with a kind of fearless honesty.

That being said, I still would have to say that Hassan is my favorite character. Hassan's spirit is infused with love, and he loves unconditionally. There is no cruelty or vindictiveness in him. Even though Hassan was not born into an easy life and life does not treat him gently, he feels no self-pity and finds joy in those he loves and in simple pleasures. As a man, Hassan lived with the same kind of integrity. He took care of his family and died an honorable death. In reaching out to Amir across the continents before he died, Hassan demonstrated that he still loved his friend, regardless of what Amir had done to him.

Considering Amir and Hassan, both of these characters deserve to be "favorites," but for different reasons. Hassan reminds us of the best of humanity; Amir reminds us that with honesty and courage, we can redeem ourselves from sins of the past.

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Who is your favorite character in The Kite Runner and why?

I suppose that Amir would be my favorite character.  I mean, it's sort of the automatic choice since he's the protagonist, but he's the most interesting character.  I like how he has to struggle with a new culture as I kind of had to when I moved to America.  I also like how he struggles with the memory of the wrongs he has done in the past.

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