So far, Amir as the narrator has been setting the scene – Kabul, Afghanistan, 1975.
Amir is jealous of Hassan because he has a good relationship with his own father. Amir is desperate for his father’s attention. It is now winter, and Kite Running season. Amir feels this is his chance to please his father by winning the tournament. However, Hassan is the better kite runner, and seems to intuitively find the kites before they even land.
Hassan is open, honest and loyal.
Amir is conniving, jealous and an attention-seeker.