Kite Runner – Characters

The Kite Runner is a very interesting book. Personally, I think it´s well written and easy to read. Also, the author of the book is great at grabbing the reader’s attention throughout the novel.  One of the most important parts of a story, is the characters. So now I’m going to briefly comment on them.  

Amir is the narrator and the protagonist of the story. He is a privileged boy due to his father being wealthy and his ethnic background. Amir seems like an intelligent, selfish and cynical person. He likes to get it in his way regardless of the consequences it causes others. Amir lives with his father, Baba and their servant, Ali and his son, Hassan.

Hassan is a big part of the story as well. He is brave, selfless, kind and always loyal to his only and best friend, Amir. In the mornings while Amir prepares for school, Hassan reads Amir´s books and makes breakfast. He also helps Ali with the chores and grocery shopping.  Hassan and Ali are Hazaras. Hazara is an ethnic group which is lower ranked in the society.

The wealthy and well-respected businessman is known as Baba. He is strong, brave and willing to risk his life for what he believes in. Baba has a good heart even though Amir doesn’t feel loved by him as a child.


Killed for speaking the truth

The story about Paúl Rivas Bravo was written by a friend and colleague named Ana Maria Carvejal. He was one of the 53 journalists that were killed in 2018. Bravo was a photojournalist and was on an assignment with the journalist Javier Ortega and driver Efraín Segarra. It was on this trip the three men were kidnapped and killed one month later.

It´s tragic to learn about the events that took place on the border between Ecuador and Colombia. It´s unclear how the government of these countries were involved in the events that led to the necessity of #NosFaltan3, but I believe there must be a correlation between the governments involvement, and the silencing if the journalist.