In literature, authors use different methods of characterization to truly reveal the personality of a character. There are two types of characterization; direct and indirect. The author of The Kite Runner uses indirect characterization to show Amir’s transformation during his “Heroic Journey” by showing traits that reveal his personality, rather than directly telling us. Throughout this novel, Amir goes on many journeys. Each in which reveal parts of his character and personality that really allow you to feel a personal connection with him so you can feel what he is feeling.
In the beginning of The Kite Runner, Amir seems to live a normal life. Him and Hassan are friends and do a lot of things together like flying kites, reading stories, and playing games. Hassan really values his friendship with Amir and always stood up for him, just as any good friend would. As Amir’s life seems normal now, it later takes a ...view middle of the document...
For Amir, America is a great place for him. He is able to too move on and forget the past and ultimately not be reminded of the rape.
As Amir adapts to his new life in America, his character takes a turn. He works as a writer and meets his wife, Soraya. Baba becomes will from cancer and passes away, and Amir and Soraya try to start a family. Amir and his wife are unable to have kids, so he takes his mind off of it by writing about his past and how he has overcome it. Amir goes through many challenges and hard times during this point of his life. One day Amir gets a call from Rahim, who is very sick and wants him to come to Pakistan. When Amir gets to Pakistan, he is told a story about Hassan. Hassan has a son names Sohrab, whom he loves very much and is very good to. Hassan is later murdered, which inspired Amir to find Sohrab and care for him as his own son. When Amir finally gets to Sohrab, he finds him being held by Assef, and must fight him in order to get Sohrab back. Sohrab is beaten, almost to death but shoots Assef in the eye and is able to make an escape with Amir. This is ultimately the death and rebirth of the story. From here, a transformation and revelation begin.
Although Amir gets beat up, he finally feels free from all of his emotional burdens. He has accomplished his goal that he was once very wary about pursuing; Sohrab was now free again. Amir is now able to atone his past and possibly even forgive himself for his wrongdoings. Although Amir has saved Sohrab, they both still face challenges. Amir realizes that he is unable to adopt Sohrab, which leads up to the suicide attempts by Sohrab. Although he lives, he is in very critical condition and for the first time in over a decade, Amir prays. Things finally start to look up for the two and Sohrab starts interacting with Amir once again. As if this isn’t great as it is, Amir and his wife are finally able to have children and start a family. Amir’s journey through this novel really changes and takes a toll on his character. After his very long, and heart-wrenching journey, Amir found a way to be good again, which truly reveals his character.