Amir, the protagonist of the novel, The Kite Runner, lived a privileged life as the son of a well-respected man in Afghanistan. Amir’s best friend is his servant, Hassan, who lives in a small hut with his father, Ali, on Amir’s property. Amir is constantly struggling to win the love of his father, Baba, whom he thinks is ashamed of his lack of courage and athletic ability. Amir also takes advantage of Hassan because of Hassan’s illiteracy.
The local bully, Assef, taunts also Hassan because he is a Hazara, however, Amir does nothing to stop this. Hassan was always willing to do anything for his friend Amir, but that all changed in the winter of 1975. Twenty years later, Amir gets a chance to redeem himself for what he did that winter. Throughout the book, The Kite Runner, Amir grows as a person, but he doesn’t fully mature until he finds redemption for past sins. Throughout his childhood, Amir constantly tried to gain the love of Baba, as well as the attention of others.
Amir also felt that he was better than Hassan because he was wealthy and Hassan was not. One day, during their childhood, Amir and Hassan were home with Ali, when the sounds of gunfire outside scared Hassan. Amir recounts the event, “Hassan was crying. Ali pulled him close, clutched him with tenderness. Later, I would tell myself I hadn’t felt envious of Hassan. Not at all. ” (35) Even though Ali is Hassan’s father, Amir still felt jealous of Hassan because he was receiving all the attention.
Amir becomes even more envious when Baba gives Hassan attention. When Amir asks Baba if they could go to Jalalabad for the day, just by themselves, Amir becomes very angry when Baba suggests bringing Hassan with them. “Why did Baba have to spoil it like that? ” (82) Amir thought to himself. He wanted Baba all to himself and never wanted to share him. As a child, Amir had a need for attention and became angry when others were given attention that he thought belonged to him. Amir felt that he was…