The Kite Runner Character Analysis

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Have you ever assumed what people might be from how they look or the last action they preformed? Most people can assume that of Amir, a character who is presumed a selfish person who cares not about what happens in other people's lives. Amir is the main protagonist in the novel ¨The Kite Runner¨. A renowned Afghan man named Baba is his father, and a hazara boy named hassan is his best friend/brother. The antagonist is Assef who creates many problems for Amir all throughout his life. Amir appears to be a morally ambiguous character due for the acts of his childhood and adulthood.
Amir seems to be a very selfish person who will avoid any conflict that does not involve him. Amir is the son of Baba and Hassan's best friend. Even though Hassan and Amir are great friends, Amir seems to take their friendship for granted. On the day of the kite running tournament, Hassan gets mixed up with gang who intend to rape him. They proceed to do so as Amir sits at the sidelines and watches. Amir says, ¨I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan--the way he’d stood up for me all those times in the past--and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end I ran. I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me.¨ (Hosseini 77) Amir has the option to help his friend who has been with him through thick and thin, but afraid of his own personal safety, he runs. Leaving Hassan completely alone and helpless. Amir also desires attention from his father and will think or do awful things to get it. Amir says, “I’d, ask Ali where Baba was, when he was coming home, though I know full well he was at the construction site over-looking this, supervising that. Didn't that take patience? I already hated all the kids he was building the orphanage for; sometimes I’d wish they'd all die along with their parents.” In Amir's mind, getting Baba’s attention is all that matters. Sacrificing others for his own gain becomes a habit of his. Amir is aware of his selfishness and in someway wants to make up for it.
Contrary to what Amir seems to be he actually is a good samaritan.

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