Indirect Characterization In The Kite Runner

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the author uses indirect characterization to portray the character Amir. Amir is the narrator of the novel, so we are allowed to see not only his actions, but also his private thoughts. It is through these private thoughts and actions that we learn the true nature of Amir. We learn early on that one of Amir's only desires when he is young is to make his father proud. This information is shared through Amir's private thoughts, but also surfaces in Amir's actions as well. An example of the author using indirect characterization is when Hassan is being attacked following the kite-fighting tournament, Amir doesn't take any action to help him because all he is thinking about is the kite, calling it, "my key

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