“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini follows the story of Amir, a boy in his childhood who lives in the Afghanistan city of Kabul and grows up during a period of political strife in the country due to the fracturing of the central monarchy and a soviet invasion in 1979. The story relates to a father son story as Amir does anything to impress and gain his father’s affection, even betraying his best friend Hassan. Amir’s conflicting feelings and actions is what shapes him as a character. Due to Amir framing Hassan for thievery, Hassan and his father leave causing Amir to be haunted by his betrayal of his best friend for the rest of his life. Amir later immigrates to America due to the Soviet invasion. However, is called back to Afghanistan in his adulthood by his father’s servant Rahim Khan to atone for his miss deeds and conflict with Hassan. “The Kite Runner” shows how Amir’s character changes in the different locations and circumstances he finds himself in.
In the opening chapters Amir is portrayed as a privileged boy living in a rich district of Kabul. His father is belonging to an upper social class in Afghanistan and is revered by nearly everyone for being an upstanding and man who keeps good morals in high regard. However, Amir having a sensitive relationship with his father keeps him from receiving the love and affection he wants from Baba and he believes that Baba wishes for him to be better at the things Baba enjoys. Amir also has a jealous streak and attempts to keep Hassan away from Baba. This is evident when he “lied and told him Hassan had the runs”, he does this to keep Baba’s attention all to himself. This attitude eventually causes Amir to resent Hassan and shows that Amir is jealous and attention seeking and attempts to gain Baba’s love through any means.