The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini, is a story about a Pushtun boy who experiences a life full of guilt after consciously betraying his best friend. Several minor characters serve dramatic roles that contribute to the development of the novel. These supporting characters include Rahim Khan, Soraya, Sohrab, Sanaubar and Assef. Rahim Khan serves as a mediator and liaison between Amir and Baba throughout their life in Kabul. Rahim Khan divulged the veracity regarding Hassan’s true father, through the readings and understanding of Hassan’s letters. Khan, in addition, becomes the motivation for Amir’s return to the Taliban controlled Afghanistan; he promised Amir that, “There is a way to be good again”. (Hosseini 202). Rahim Khan is precisely the virtuous voice of wisdom in The Kite Runner. Not only does he give advice to Amir, but also acts as a second parent to him. Whenever Baba ignored Amir, Rahim was consistently present to provide propitious advice. This is proven as Amir remarks, “As always it was Rahim Khan who rescued me.” (Hosseini 43). This shows that Rahim Khan is always there for Amir and is a loyal and supportive guiding character in Amir’s life. Soraya’s role, like the role of all Afghan women under the Taliban, is minor from a plot perspective, yet the significance that she has on Amir’s character growth proves to be instrumental. Soraya provides the good and bad in Amir’s life and she is what drives him to be a better person, however, she continues

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