The Kite Runner- Analysis of Change in Character for Rahim Khan, Baba and Amir.

Topics: Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner, Hazara people Pages: 3 (1096 words) Published: November 9, 2010

I have chosen three characters from this novel. They are, Amir, Baba (Amir’s Father) and Rahim Khan.

After reading about his childhood and the life-changing events that took place during it, my initial perception of Amir was that he was selfish, even though he did not mean to be. He did not want to be so cruel, but he was a young boy, he was a bit confused, and at times jealous too. He only thought about his own suffering. His greed to overcome the pain he felt for not helping Hassan when Assef was beating him up, and the way he threw those pomegranates at Hassan, and saw the way Hassan just stood there and did nothing but inflict more pain on himself, was strong enough for him to commit one last sin and remove Hassan from his life, by slipping his new watch under Hassan’s mattress and, by claiming that Hassan stolen it, he got Ali and Hassan both removed from his house. This shows Amir’s greed. When Rahim Khan calls Amir to Pakistan and eventually Afghanistan, even though Amir knows that it would be dangerous to go there, he realizes he has to make right the wrongs of the past, he agrees to risk his life to go on a path to redemption, to pay off his debt, cleanse himself of all the sins he had committed in his childhood. He is willing to do anything, to go as far as possible to redeem himself, and he does. Amir takes the pain when he is Assef is beating him up, he does not complain, instead he started to laugh, because he knows that he is paying off his debt (But I was laughing and laughing. And the harder I laughed, the harder he kicked me, punched me scratched me…What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace. I laughed because I saw that, in some hidden nook in a corner of my mind, I’d even been looking forward to this). He even treats Sohrab like his own son, gives him so much love and affection. His initial mind full of greed and frustration changes to that...
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