Amir, Assef, And Assef Essay

879 Words Sep 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Amir and Assef in the beginning seem to be two different characters and personalities. Amir comes from a wealthy, high status, and pashtun family; having servants and social prestige. Assef is a half german Pashtun who is power hungry and unlike other boys. Assef has blonde hair and blue eyes significantly making him different than all the other boys, Hosseini does this to make him stand out. In the first section, Hassan is shooting a “one eyed German Shepherd” with his slingshot. This is foreshadowing of the final chapters when Hassan’s son shoots Assef in the eye with a slingshot.``
In their childhood Amir and Assef have a few encounters all of which are tense and or violent. Before the rape their are similarities between the two boys. Assef has a dislike toward the Hazara branch of Islam, Amir was taught to respect them because his servants are Hazaras. Assef is envious of Amir for having the wealth he does and being full pashtun but his main reason for hating Amir is that his father has so much power over the community.
After an encounter with Assef, Amir starts thinking of Hassan differently saying he is “Just a Hazara” (Hosseini 43). Within Amir’s head he wants to be like Assef in ways, therefore his father might love him more. After the rape Amir sees himself very similar to Assef, by not doing anything to help Hassan when he is rapped he believes he is just as bad as Assef. When Assef gives him a biography on Hitler for his birthday he throws it out. That scene…

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