Amir is the obvious main character in the book The Kite Runner. He is brought up in a wealthy home where he is raised by his father. His father is a hard-working and no nonsense type of person. He expects Amir to be the model son. He wishes for him to be athletic and strong willed, but Amir is just the opposite. He enjoys to write stories and he is not the kind to stand up and take part in any type of conflict. He constantly feels as if he is not meeting his father’s standards.
To make it worse, his “unofficial brother” Hassan does all of these things and is always there unintentionally reminding Amir that he is not the son his father wants him to be. Amir and Hassan grow up as best friends not knowing that they are actually brothers. Though they are best friends they are actually opposites. Amir is wealthy and a Pashtun, and Pashtuns are the higher class of people in Afghanistan. Hassan is a Hazara and the son of Amir’s father’s servant. Though it would seem Hassan would be jealous of Amir because of his riches and advantages of being a Pashtun, Amir is in most cases jealous of Hassan.
Hassan has the athleticism, he is headstrong, but most importantly he has the respect from Amir’s father. Amir’s father seems to have more in common with Hassan. Hassan does not feel like Amir is jealous of him. Hassan serves Amir and loves him more than he loves himself. This frustrates Amir even more because his jealousy causes him to want to attack Hassan, but he really can’t while Hassan is serving him and doing everything to make Amir happy at all times. He attempts to attack Hassan many times, but this only makes him feel worse and he does not get the satisfaction he expected to get out of it.
His frustration becomes combined with guilt when he witnesses Hassan being raped and does nothing to help. I believe his frustration and guilt is all towards himself, but no one ever blames themselves or takes it out on themselves. He directed all his anger toward Hassan because it seemed that it was all his fault that Amir was feeling this way. Amir knows that he can no longer live with Hassan because neither of them are going to get what they want out of it. Hassan cannot truly make Amir happy and Amir cannot get closer to his father while living with Hassan as a model to where his ather would like him to be. He knew he would have to sacrifice Hassan for the love of Baba as he said after talking to Assef, “… the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba. ” One day Amir decides to frame Hassan for stealing his watch, knowing that Hassan will take the fall for him. Hassan does as he expects and him and his father pack up and move on. Amir moves to America with his father as an adult. In America he starts over and tries to forget the past.
He is lives a fairly successful life in America. He graduates from Community College, does the job he wants as an author, and finds a wife that he is in love with. He has had very little happiness as a child, but he now seems to have happiness in America for the most part. There is no way for him to get rid of this guilt and have complete happiness as he is longing for, though. He never forgets his past though and his guiltiness about Hassan has not gone away as he had wanted and expected. “.. Because the past claws its way out.
Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years. ” He is given an opportunity to travel back to Afghanistan and “right his wrongs”. He takes the offer immediately and goes to Afghanistan. There he finds that the now deceased Hassan has a son living in an orphanage in Kabul. He finds Hassan’s son Sohrab there. Sohrab is the mirror image of his father in the way they act. Amir knows that helping him can in a way be like helping Hassan. He goes to the orphanage and tries to free Sohrab, but sacrifices himself by getting beat up in the process.
He has the feeling of redemption by taking care of Sohrab and making up for the wrong doings he had done to Hassan. Hassan had been beaten and even raped for Amir, so this is the least he could do. He explained that he felt a type of satisfaction after taking the beating for Sohrab, “My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed. healed at last. I laughed. ” (pg. 289). As much as Amir was helping Sohrab, Sohrab was helping Amir by giving him a chance at redemption, but also by giving him a son that he could not have with his wife Soroya in America.