Character Influence In The Kite Runner

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Influential people in one’s life frequently impact the way that a person develops, and can shape a person into who they become. The words conveyed and actions delivered between two people can affect the way a person’s life develops and can alter who they are in both positive and negative ways. In the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the author depicts that Amir, the main character, is greatly impacted, influenced, and shaped by other characters. The phase of Amir that the reader is announced to in the early stages of the novel is very different from Amir at the end of the novel. Amir’s character is shaped and influenced by other characters in his life to become a better person, throughout the novel.
From a young age, Amir was around
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Amir started the novel as a child who was unloyal, untruthful, and unreliable. Amir would lie, not stand up for people, and look down on others. Amir started the novel as somebody who would let someone that he knew his entire life be violated by a bully and not try to help him. After a kite contest that Amir won, Hassan was running to get the kite for Amir and was cornered by the town bully, Assef. Amir, who was lurking and hiding in the shadows, watched Hassan get victimized by Assef and then get raped. He recalls the scene that occurred; “I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into the alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he 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” (Hossieni 77). Amir’s negative character is displayed through the way that he shows no support for his friend. He abandons Hassan in his time of need despite Hassan helping Amir continuously in the past. Amir proves his inability to stand up for someone and be a person that is reliable in times of need. In corroboration to Amir’s unreliability in standing up for others, Amir also started the novel as a deceitful child who would lie in order to benefit himself. After Amir fails to help Hassan, Amir frames Hassan for stealing…show more content…
Rahim Kahn and Hassan are main factors that contribute to the person that Amir becomes as a result to the experiences he goes through with these characters. Amir’s character is changed and shaped drastically by these characters, which helps to contribute to all that Amir

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