Protagonist, son of Baba and Sofia, half brother of Hassan, Pashtun and Sunni Muslim. Often, Amir is jealous of the way Baba treats Hassan, although Amir realizes that Hassan socially has a lower place in society. Amir struggles between the logical and emotional sides of his being. His obsession and guilty conscience from seeing Hassan’s rape and not stopping it, along with his adult perspective looking back on childhood events
Baba is Amir’s father, who is considered a hero and leader in Kabul, Pashtun and Sunni Muslim. Baba and Amir never quite seem to connect, especially in Afghanistan. Baba is always doing things for others and always seems to expect more from his son and criticizes him. Baba appears to exemplify a man who lives by his own moral code, yet he is carrying a secret (that he is Hassan’s birth father) which undermines everything he stands for.
Amir’s best friend and half-brother as well as a servant of Baba’s, is a Hazara and Shi’a Muslim. Hassan considers Amir his friend, although Amir never consciously considers Hassan as such. Hassan is the perfect serpent who is always loyal to his master even after Amir betrayed him.
Baba’s best friend and business partner, father figure to Amir, tells Amir that he and Hassan are brothers. Rahim Khan encourages Amir’s writing, takes care of Baba’s house, brings Hassan back to Kabul, and brings Amir back to Afghanistan
Sociopath, bullied Amir and Hassan as kids, becomes Talib leader, rapes Hassan and Sohrab. He abuses his position of power in order to demonstrate the political muscle of the men in charge. Even as an adult, Assef uses a pair of brass knuckles to demonstrate both his power and cruelty
Amir’s wife, unable to have children of her own, adopts Sohrab with Amir
Acting father to hassan and servant of baba, grew up with Baba, Poor, Hazara, suffers from partial paralysis of his face and walks with a limp caused by polio, Killed in land mine.
Son of Hassan and Farzana, Hazara, skilled with slingshot like his father. Goes rom being a normal little boy to the traumatized victim of sexual and physical abuse, and he goes from speaking very little to not at all.
Amir’s driver, helps him find Sohrab. At first unfriendly but becomes loyal to Amir. He is missing toes and fingers from a landmine explosion and represents the difficulties that many Afghans faced in the years of warfare that ravaged the country
Hassan’s mother and Ali’s wife for a time, abandons them after Hassan was born. she proves herself a caring grandmother to Sohrab when she reappears later
Soraya’s father and stereotypical Afghan male, Baba’s friend, proud to the point of arrogance at times, and he places great value on upholding Afghan traditions
General Taheri’s wife and Soraya’s mother. She obeys her husband without question and wants nothing more than to see her daughter married (stereotypical afghan woman).
Friend of Assef, helps rape Hassan, raped by other men, dies of poisoning from fumes when escaping Afghanistan
Soraya’s uncle. When Sharif first appears, he is just a minor figure at Soraya’s and Amir’s wedding. Later, however, he becomes instrumental in helping to get Sohrab into the United States
Mother of Amir, died giving birth, taught classic Farsi at an all girls’ school, of royal descent, Amir seeks information about her throughout the story
Hassan’s wife and Sohrab’s mother, portrayed as a loving mother
Friend of Assef, helps rape Hassan