The Role Of Amir's Life In The Kite Runner

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In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini there are many hardships that all the characters must endure, but throughout it all everyone sticks together to help each other make it through the perils of the war stricken country. Throughout the book there is one character, Amir, whom everyone sticks up for in order to help him through his life. Amir is given many opportunities through Hassan, Baba, and Rahim Khan all of these characters give much of their lives up to help Amir succeed in the world.
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Hassan was one of Amir’s greatest and most trustworthy friends. They had been best friends ever since birth. Hassan’s first word was Amir which shows just how much he had always appreciated him. Hassan was an uneducated Hazara while Amir
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“Listening to them, I realized how much of who I was, what I was, had been defined by Baba and the marks he had left on people’s lives.” (174) Amir’s whole life had been defined by Baba’s mark on the world. Baba was well-known throughout the whole community for having accomplished many seemingly impossible tasks such as designing an orphanage all by himself to running many successful businesses. Amir was proud to be Baba’s son because he knew that Baba could accomplish anything he set his mind to “...my father molded the world around him to his liking.” (15) Baba decided that Afghanistan was unsafe and held little opportunity for Amir so he took him to America. The trip to America was treacherous. While traveling they were forced to sit in a gas tank for part of their journey. Amir began to have a panic attack so Baba took out his watch and revealed to Amir the illumination from the light. This calmed Amir. Baba was also scared, but he set his emotions aside and put Amir’s feeling before his own. “For me, America was a place to bury my memories. For Baba, a place to mourn his.” (129) Amir used the move to America to excel in his studies and make a life for himself, but Baba lost his life and all of his affiliations. In America Baba was a nobody. America was “One last gift for Amir.” (130) Baba had brought him there to pursue his studies. Amir eventually graduated, met a girl, and fell in love. By that time …show more content…
Baba knew that Amir and Rahim had always had a deep connection with each other. One night while Baba was sitting in his study with Rahim, Baba said, “...there’s a fondness between you and him...” (23) Baba rarely had a deep conversation with Amir. It was through Rahim that Amir found out that his father was completing one of his most difficult tasks of building an orphanage. Rahim seemed to understand Amir better than anyone. He knew that Amir was not a fighter and that he enjoyed the arts. He told Amir that just because he did not stand up for himself and did not compete in soccer that he was not lesser of a person that anyone else. He saw that Amir enjoyed the little things in life like writing and he even encouraged Amir to pursue that career. One night as Rahim and Baba were in the lounge Amir came up to them and asked Baba to read his story, but Baba did not respond. Rahim offered to read his story despite being judged by Baba for his actions. “As always, it was Rahim Khan who rescued me.” (31) Amir was hurt by that experience, but was glad to have Rahim on his side. Later in the year on the night of Amir’s birthday Rahim came up to Amir and gave him a journal and as they talked Rahim said, “And I’ll tell you this, Amir jan: In the end, the world always wins. That’s just the way of things.” (99) Rahim was great at comforting Amir and giving him just what he needed to get back up on his feet, so when

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