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The Kite Runner Sociogram

A project made for English class showing the relationships between the characters in the novel "The Kite Runner" (Note: there may be some spoilers)
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Alastair Kierulf

on 24 April 2013

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Transcript of The Kite Runner Sociogram

Amir Hassan Baba Ali Assef Rahim Soraya Sohrab Amir is the protagonist of the story and also the narrator. Amir has grown up in a privileged Afghan family with his father, Baba, who is rich by Afghan standards. Amir is used to living with anything he needs and grows up with two servants, Ali and his son Hassan. After Amir lets Hassan get raped by Assef, Amir seeks redemption as his guilt for the events fuel an internal struggle for forgiveness from Hassan. Sohrab A blue circle is a good person. Assef A red bracket is a bad person. A light blue line is a positive relation. A dark blue line is a neutral relation. A red line is a negative relation. Amir and Hassan are practically brothers. The closer the names are, the closer their relation to Amir. "Hassan and I fed from the same breasts. We took our first steps on the same lawn in the same yard. And, under the same roof, we spoke our first words.
Mine was Baba.
His was Amir. My name." Amir sees Rahim as his loving, caring father. "As always, it was Rahim Khan who rescued me. He held out his hand and favored me with a smile that had nothing feigned about it, 'May I have it, Amit jan? I would very much like to read it.' Baba hardly ever used the endearment jan when he addressed me." Amir looks up to his father as the epitome of Afghan masculinity, however Baba sees Amir as a disappointment. "With me as the glaring exception, my father molded the world around him to his liking. The problem, of course, was that Baba saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can't love a person who lives that was without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little. Ali is Hassan's father and although some of the neighborhood kids tease Ali for his crippled walk, Amir does nothing to defend Ali. Married This Sociogram is Amir's relationship with other characters. The Kite Runner Sociogram. "But polio had left Ali with a twisted, atrophied right leg that was sallow skin over bone with little in between except a paper-thin layer of muscle... I watched him swing his scraggy leg in a sweeping arc, watched his whole body tilt impossibly to the right every time he planted that foot. It seemed a minor miracle he didn't tip over with each step... Ali's face frightened some of the younger children in the neighborhood... Some had taken to calling him Babalu, or Boogeyman." Amir loves Soraya and with their Fathers' approval, they are happily wed in America. "Lying awake in bed that night, I thought of Soraya Taheri's sickle-shaped birthmark, her gently hooked nose, and the way her luminous eyes had fleetingly held mine. My heart stuttered at the thought of her. Soraya Taheri. My Swap Meet Princess." Assef is a bully to Amir and Hassan from their childhood. He takes advantage of Amir's inability to stand up for himself. "I will never forget how Assef's blue eyes glinted with a light not entirely sane and how he grinned, how he grinned, as he pummeled that poor kid unconscious. Some of the boys is Wazir Akbar Khan had nicknamed him Assef Goshkhor, or Assef the Ear Eater." Amir meets Sohrab after Hassan has died. Amir sees Hassan in Sohrab and takes him under his wing. "The boy had his father's round moon face, his pointy stub of a chin, his twisted, seashell ears, and the same slight frame. It was the Chinese doll face of my childhood, ..."
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