Amir is the main hero of the book. He is described as a protagonist and a narrator at the same time. Also, he is a Pashtun and Sunni Muslim. He is an Afghan man who had a rich and privileged childhood in Kabul. Amir is a very intelligent and good son of Kabul’s businessman. When we read a book, we have double feelings about this character. He is cool but at the same time not a very sympathetic hero. We suppose that most of all readers feel compassion for him.
His story is hard, as all children who had problems with their parents; Amir grew up feeling that he is not a beloved child. Amir has strange feelings about his father, Baba, and his playmate, Hassan. Most of the times, Amir is jealous of the way Baba treats Hassan. His best friend is Hassan, and he often leads himself in two-way. He struggles to be a loyal friend, and at the same time, he jealously desires to get father’s attention on him. Also, he saw that Hassan has very low outlook and he will be socially lower place in society.
Well, the starting point of the story is a betrayal. Amir did it for the closest person he had, the best friend – Hassan. Amir moves to San Francisco being only eighteen years old. When he is thirty-eight, he decides to come back to Afghanistan and adopted Hassan’s orphaned son, Sohrab.
Being a gifted storyteller, he grows very fast to a published novelist. The main motivation of his entire career was to show his father what a great person he is, that he deserved all that attention too. This great desire is the main motivation for his behaviour at the beginning of the book where he allows Hassan to be raped. Exactly this point became the one, after which Amir felt sorry for the end of his days.
Amir in the Essays