The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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  • Amir 
  • Physical Traits: handsome, small, skinny/ scrawny 
  • Character Traits: Selfish- he only wants Baba to care about him, mean- he enjoys being mean to Hassan, 
  • "Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba" (Hosseini 77). Explained: The only thing Amir wants in his life is his father's approval and is willing to sacrifice one of the most important people to him if that's what it takes. 
  • Hassan 
  • Physical Traits: round face, flat slanting broad nose, narrow eyes, small lowset ears, pointy stub chin, cleft lip
  • Character Traits: loyal- he does everything for Amir and never turns his back on him no matter what, smart- he is the best kite runner and can tell directly where it is going 
  • When  Hassan just simply says "yes" (Hosseini 105) to Baba's question on whether or not he stole from Amir. He protected Amir knowing that the biggest sin according to Baba was theft.
  • Baba
  • Physical Traits: large and muscular, handsome, tall, 
  • Character Traits: caring- he builds an orphanage, smart- he is one of the most successful people in Kabul, 
  • "A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything" (Hosseini 22). Explained: Baba is talking about his son Amir and how he is so much different and a coward.
  • Ali 
  • Physical Traits: Paralysis of his bottom lip, a hurt leg from Pollio, Hazara- narrow eyes, flat slanting broad nose. 
  • Character Traits: loyal- he has been with Ali for 40 years, honest- he never tells a lie, protective- he would do anything to protect his son 
  • "They're hunting ducks. They hunt ducks at night, you know. Don't be afraid" (Hosseini 35). Explained: Ali would do anything to protect the boys especially Hassan so he tells them a lie to keep them calm and pretend everything is okay when he knows it isn't.
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