The characters are Amir, Hassan, Baba, Ali, Sohrab and Assef. Amir is selfish, Hassan is loyal, Baba is brave, Ali is dutiful, and Assef is cruel. Amir is the protagonist of the book, Hassan is a servant in Amir’s house. Hassan is loyal to Amir and Ali is another servant to Amir and Baba (Amir’s dad). The reader gets a feel for the relationship between Amir and Hassan on page 34. “Then he (Ali) would remind us that there was a brotherhood between people who had fed from the same breast, a kinship that not even time could break. Hassan and I fed from the same breasts. We took our first steps on the same lawn in the same yard. And, under the same roof, we spoke our first words. Mine was Baba. His was Amir. My name.
The story is set in 1975 through 2001, Afghanistan and United States, specifically in Kabul and California. The significance of the Kabul, Afghanistan setting is that it’s when the Afghanistan monarchy is overthrown, through the Soviet military intervention and the rise of the Taliban regime. The significance of the setting’s shift from Kabul, Afghanistan to California, United States is that because the Soviet military intervenes in Afghanistan, Amir and Baba escape to Peshawar, Pakistan, and then to Fremont, California, where they settle in a run-down apartment
Amir faces certain forces and pressures. Amir is having a self vs. self-problem, he has to decide whether to go back to Kabul in order to get Sohrab (Hassan’s son) from an orphanage or leave him there. He meets these forces and pressures by deciding to go back to Kabul and save Sohrab from the dangerous city. You can see this early in the story on page 300.
The tension rises when