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Hosseini's Character Analysis In 'The Kite Runner'

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Hosseini characterizes Amir as a round character because Amir can drastically change the way that he feels about Hassan from time to time. For example, when Amir and Hassan are walking from their house to the new movie, they encounter soldiers. The soldiers recognize Hassan and start making fun of Hassan and his mother. At this moment, Amir whispers to Hassan to keep walking. When they reach the theater and the room is dark Hassan starts to cry. Hosseini describes, “I heard Hassan next to me, croaking. Tears were sliding down his cheeks. I reached across my seat, slung my arm around him, pulled him close”. This shows that Amir is friendly to Hassan and tried to comport Hassan. He almost acts like a motherly figure towards Hassan, almost as…show more content…
Even more, he wanted to tell Assef that Hassan was just his servant, not a friend. By this Hosseini shows us that Amir can be friendly and kind to Hassan if he wants to, but at the same time, he can me mean and terrifying. First Amir tries to justify his thinking by saying that he is a coward and that he cannot beat them even if he tried but slowly, he starts to think that Hassan might have deserved this. “I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt. That’s what I made myself believe”. Amir wants to make him believe that if he stood up against those guys, he would be the one who was hurt. “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba. Was it a fair price? The answer floated to my conscious mind before I could thwart it.: He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he”? At this point, it can be seen that Amir is greedy and he will do anything to earn Baba trust and love. Amir ends his thoughts by going back to the social injustice, he thinks that anything that happens to Hassan is okay because he is a Hazara. Hosseini uses this part of the book to show that Amir is a round character by contrasting how different Amir can be. First, Amir was scared to help Hassan cause it might cause him damage, but then Amir was not scared but rather greedy and…show more content…
Recently, Baba had just gifted Amir a new watch for his birthday and Amir chooses to take that watch and place it under Hassan’s bed along with some cash to make it look as if Hassan had stole his things. Later, Amir goes to Baba and tells him that Hassan has stole his things, Baba believes him and calls Hassan and Ali to investigate. Hassan admits that he stole the watch and Amir is startled. “I flinched, like I 'd been slapped. My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth. Then I understood: This was Hassan 's final sacrifice for me”. Amir felt betrayed and he wanted to tell Baba that he was the one who planned this out. He wanted to do the right thing and tell Baba that but, “I was a liar, a cheat, and a thief. And I would have told, except that a part of me was glad. Glad that this would all be over with soon”. Amir was filled in gred that he could not even notice the sacrifice that Hassan was making for him. Amir wanted to make Hassan go away so that he could have Baba all to himself. But he does not take a minute to think about what type of damage he has done to Hassan and how it might affect
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