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Topic: characterization in The kite runnerDesign by Naseem Hasrat

Presented byNaseem hasratBasharat Ali Ishaq Noori

ContentsDivision of character through charts.Character chartMajor characterMinor characterProtagonistAntagonist

Overall characterization

Two main racial tribes

Major charactersAmir Hassan AssefBabaAli

Minor charactersGeneral TahiriSorayaAli

AmirThe protagonist.And narrator of the novel. A wealthy boy who grows up in Kabul. Afghanistan along with his father,Baba.Amir abuses his privileges over his servant and loyal friend,Hassan. And then fails to come to his aid when Hassan is being raped. The rest of the novel deals with Amirs guilt, his growing maturity (as he and Baba move to the U.S.), His quest for redemption.


BabaAmirs father, a larger-than-life figure with wild hair and a loud voice.Who works hard and succeeds at all of his endeavors, but stands by his strict moral principles. Babas great sin is committing adultery withAlis wife.He isHassans real father. Babas many works of charity and the orphanage he builds are part of his attempts to redeem himself.


HassanAmirs childhood playmate and companion, a Hazara boy with acleft lip. Hassan is an excellentkiterunner.He is naturally intelligent, but illiterate because of his social class. He is always loyal to Amir, even when Amir betrays him. Hassan eventually marriesFarzana, and has a son namedSohrab.


SohrabHassans son, a boy who is sent to an orphanage when Hassan andFarzanaare killed. He is then taken from the orphanage and sexually abused byAssef, untilAmircomes for him and brings him back to America.Sohrab is a symbol of all the terrible things that have happened to both the characters and the country of Afghanistan.He also offers a chance for hope and redemption.


AliHassans father, a Hazara who was orphaned as a boy.Then taken in byBabas father and raised as Babas playmate and servant. The lower half of Alis face is paralyzed.He was crippled in one leg by polio, but Ali remains cheerful and kind.


Babas Servant



AssefThe antagonist of the novel.A blue-eyed, sadistic boy who idolizes Hitler.Torments children with his brass knuckles, and later rapesHassan. As an adult Assef joins the Taliban, where he is given free reign to exercise his violent and pedophilic nature.


SorayaThe daughter ofGeneral Taheri. As a young womanSorayaran away with an Afghan man, dishonor herself.Amirfalls in love with her and they get married, and Soraya later becomes a teacher.

Rahim KhanBabas close friend and business associate.A kind man who often seems to understand the youngAmirbetter than Baba does.Rahim Khan encourages Amirs writing.As an old man he summons Amir back to Afghanistan for a chance to redeem himself by rescuingSohrabfrom Afghanistan.

General TaheriSorayas father andBabas friend, a former general in the old pre-soviet regime of Afghanistan.He is a conservative.Traditional Afghan man who in the United States collects welfare and refuses to labor beneath his station in America.

FaridA man who drivesAmirback to Afghanistan from Pakistan. At first Farid is bitter and sarcastic towards Amir. He learns aboutSohrabFarid becomes a loyal friend and helps Amir on his journey.

SanaubarHassans mother andAlis wife. Sanaubar had a dishonorable reputation as a young woman. She despises Ali and leaves after Hassan is born.Returns as an older woman to take care ofSohrab.

WahidFarids brother, a man who is very poor and whose children are starving.Whos hospitality is such that he nonetheless feeds Amir before his own children.

Sofia AkramiAmirs mother andBabas wife, a college professor of royal blood. Who dies giving birth to Amir. Amir always believes that his father secretly hates him.Amir considers that he is responsible of his mothers death.