Characters: Foil Characters (Major) Amir v. Hassan, Baba v. Amir, (Minor: Rahim Khan, Assef, Sohrab)

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Major Characters:

Amir vs Hassan:
Amir is very self-centered and inconsiderate.Whenever Baba buys Amir something, he would buy the same item for Hassan, making Amir wonder why. He wishes Baba would just buy things for only him sometimes to make him feel more uplifted and like his actual son. He is viewed as a coward, since he does not take stand up for anything, even for himself and after hearing Baba's words of "A boy who can't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything" (22) , he still does not fight. Several times when Assef, the neighborhood bully comes around to harrass Amir and Hassan, Amir does not do anything. It is Hassan who warns Assef that if he doesn't leave them alone he will release his slingshot and aim a rock into his eye, which would leave him with only one eye. It is then that Assef lets them go, during that instance. Eventhough Assef is known to have brass knuckles that can break the limbs of the neighborhood boys, Hassan is willing to fight to protect both he and Amir. Assef criticizes Amir for hanging around with a Hazara and Amir responds that they are not friends, Hassan is simply his servant.Hassan is the character that plays the role not only as friend, but as"good and faithful servent".Hassan is not bothered by ironing Amir's clothes and cooking him breakfast. He trusts Amir even though while Amir reads to him he tells him the wrong meaning of words, for instance that imbicile means smart.
Amir is scared but he is not the good friend that Hassan is to him. Amir finds himself only thinking about himself. In another instance, one of a more mortifying scene Amir witnesses Hassan getting raped by Assef in an alley. Hassan promised to run the blue kite for him and retrieving it gets caught by Assef and his friends. The fee for him to walk free that day is to give him the kite that hepromnises to retrieve for Amir. Hassan refuses and is willing to take the beating Assef has in store for him to give the kite to his friend. Instead Assef rapes him in the alley, and the snow stained with Hassan's dripping blood and his words to Amir "A thousand times over for you" taunt Amir. Hassan is the sacrificial lamb that was slain. He puts his life on the line for Amir several times but thinking of himself, and how it is difficult to look at Hassan anymore- who's Hazel eyes have dulled and has a face that has become ghostly, Amir intends to send Hassan away for good. He plants his birthday money under Hassan's pillow and tells Baba that Hassan stole it. After, discovering the money on Hassan and his father's Ali mattress, Ali decides to leave Baba's terrain. Ali realizes that Amir is not a good friend to his boy.


"In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was Sunni and he was Shi'a, and nothing was ever going to change that. Nothing" (25).
-words of Amir

Baba vs Amir
They both had faults in which they held secrets from society; Baba hides the fact that Hassan was his real son making him Amir's half brother because of his social status in society. Since Hassan was a Hazara and Baba comes from the higher class of Afghans (Pashtun) he is afraid of the public opinion. Amir on the other hand, does not tell of Hassan's rape but rather keeps it to himself pretending it never happed. They both lived a life filled with guilt.

Baba is seen as courageous, especially being that there is the tale of him wrestling with a bear to which no one in town detests. He has three scars on his back depicting Baba as a fighter, unlike Amir who does not fight and is cowardly. Baba stands up to injustice in society for example when he defends the young woman in the truck and prevents an indecency of rape to take place. He stands up to the Russian soilder, and risks being killed. Amir condemns Baba for putting his life in danger but Baba insists that over his dead body would he let something like that occur.

Baba throws a lavish party for Amir's birthday and is looked up to in town. The only reason so many people have come to Amir's birthday party is out of respect for Baba and all he has done for people. He has built an orphanage, helped people out here and there with money or through other ways, being there for people when family members are sick. On the otherhand, Amir has not done anything for anyone. Amir wants to be favoured in Baba's eyes but feels as though Baba is disappointed by him.

Baba is a good man and always advised Amir to be honest and not to steal because stealing is the foundation of sin. He does not want his son to follow in his steps. Amir condemns Baba for putting his life in danger but Baba insists that over his dead body would he let something like that occur.

Amir seeked redemption by going back to Kabul and getting Sohrab. There he was once again confronted by his childhood bully who was now the leader of the taliban. He fights him for Sohrab and is badly injured but he looks at it as a way of purification from his sins.

"Your father like you, was a tortured soul Amir jan" pg277

"Rahim Khan has summoned me here to atone not just for my sins but for Baba's too" pg209



Minor Characters:

Rahim Khan
- Is like a second father to Amir; he has more sympathy towards him than Baba does. He also shows more interest in the stories that Amir writes. Unlike Baba he showed Amir the love he had towards him and as a gift gave him a book to write his stories in. Rahim Khan to Amir is the "ideal" father.

"Children aren’t Colouring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favourite colours.” Rahim Khan says this to Baba because Baba is dissapointed that Amir does not reflect him as a child. He does not enjoy soccor and does not stand up for himself when others bully him.

He believes in Amir and encourages him to be a writer, which he later on becomes professionally in America.

"there is a way to be good again" pg 2
this is what Rahim says throughout the novel. He is suggesting that there is a way to redeem one self by performing good deeds.Rahim Khan knows that Amir saw Hassan get raped by Assef and it has been eating at his conscience. He lets Amir know that he can trust him and that he's there so they can talk if he feels they should. However, when Rahim Khan finds out about this, he does not look at Amir any differently. He knows it has been a burden on Amir for all these years, but he basically tells Amir to "calm down" there is a way that he can redeem himself after all these years of feeling guilty.

"I think we both know why it has to be you, don’t we?” pg 204 suggest that Amir has to get Sohrab to get rid of the guilt he has for allowing Hassan to get raped as a child. He believes that Amir is the one that can rescue Sohrab and help the boy. He confides in Amir, that he will do what should be done and bring Sohrab out of Kabul. He has hope that Amir won't let him down, nor Hassan who was a good friend to him.

Assef
-he's the neighborhood bully. has a reputation of bringing suffering to children of the neighborhood. is Pash'tun as well, part of the upper class. he represents corruption and later becomes part of the taliban inflicting pain upon Hassan at an earlier age, and then later on to his son Sohrab whom he finds in an orphanage in Kabul years later. he finds pleasure in torture and believes that Kabul should get rid of all the Hazaras "ethnic cleansing". for whatever reasons, possibly that Amir has not fought once in his life he wants Amir to fight him. He has Sohrab in his possession and is willing to let Sohrab go free if Amir fights him and walks out alive.

Sohrab
-innocent and is an exact replica of his father Hassan. he takes out Assef's eye with his slingshot, as his father had warned Assef earlier. he presents the opportunity to Amir to be the friend to him that Amir should have been to Hassan, and need for him to be rescued presents Amir with the chance to redeem himself. He is Amir's nephew, and through sohrab Amir finally attempts to truely build a relationship with someone. Though a minor character for once, Amir can be selfless and learn to care about someone else—Sohrab.