Amir is the narrator of this book and throughout the story goes through some extremely difficult and intense situations. In this story Amir starts out as this young immature little boy who doesn’t really understand how his actions affect people. You could see him as a little selfish but he is truly just ignorant to how he affects people like Hassan who is his father’s servant’s son. As the story progresses we also see Amir grow and become more interested in others rather than just in himself and his own well-being. So in the middle of the book Amir gets the chance to find closer and redeem himself. When he gets that chance with the new mature Amir he jumps on it. As the story progressed Amir grew as a person and his personality went from a little boy who wouldn’t stand up for himself or for his friends to a man who traveled all the way back into harm’s way to save a little boy. A lot of Amir’s character comes from the environment that he finds himself in. You can see that once Amir is a grown man and in America he looks back to when he was in Kabul and the things he wishes he had done differently. Amir reminds me of Drew Barrymore because earlier in Drew Barrymore's career when she was young she was a drug addict and now as an adult she is well put together and has a great career. Amir is similar to her because he had that same sort of coming of age time where he wasn't the best well kid, but as he grew up he matured as did Drew Barrymore.
Hassan is Amir’s childhood friend who always has his back. Throughout the story Amir gets picked on and so does Hassan but Hassan always steps up and stands up for Amir. Amir even says in the story that Hassan's first word was Amir. You could clearly see that Hassan had great admiration for Amir and looked up to him strongly. Hassan is known throughout the story as the Hazara boy and Ali’s son, Ali is Baba's servant, but later we find out that Baba actually had an affair with Sanaubar, Ali’s wife, and so Hassan was actually Amir’s half brother. Hassan is never told this and dies when he once again is protecting Amir. Hassan refused to abandon Amir’s property and the Taliban shoots him and his wife. Hassan was the type of guy that was big on morals he always stood up for what he believed in and protected his friends and family. Hassan knew his place and always has the same unfaltering reliability. What's unique about Hassan is he seems to have it all put together from the start, even when something terrible happens to him he doesn't change who he is or how he views the world. Hassan reminds me of Cinderella because he's sort of like that nice great guy but is looked down on because he is different. Because he isn't the same as the Pashtun's (step sisters) but he's still a great guy even though he has to deal with such a big adversity.
Assef is the main bad guy in the book. He represents the evil, cruel, and flat out villain tendencies in the book. Most characters in books have some quality that makes you over look a lot of the bad that they do or are but for Assef he doesn't have that. One word that comes to mind when thinking of Assef is sociopath, he is literally crazy. Throughout the book Assef doesn't feel bad for any of the things he does to Amir and Hassan. Even when he rapes Hassan he still doesn't see it as a big deal. Assef doesn't seem to have a conscience at all. Assef doesn't see Hazaras as equal and that's how he justifies what he did to Hassan who is a Hazara, it may help explain what he did but by no means makes Assef seem any better. With Assef's cruel actions and racist comments throughout the book you truly grow your own hatred for him along with Amir's. Assef reminds me of Scar from the Lion King. Scar is the bad lion who tries to steal the crown from Cimba. I place Scar and Assef together because you never see there silver lining. They are bad from start to finish and they are never really liked.