How Old Is Sohrab In The Kite Runner?

Updated: December 10, 2022
Sohrab is 9 years old in the beginning of the novel, and 11 years old by the end.
Detailed answer:

Sohrab is a character from Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner. He is the son of Hassan, Amir’s best friend and servant. Sohrab is 9 or 10 years old when Amir finds him living in an orphanage in Kabul. Amir first encounters Sohrab when he sees the boy running kites with his friends. At that time, Sohrab does not trust or like Amir and insults him by calling him “Agha Sahib,” which is a term of respect used for adults (especially men) in Afghanistan. Amir realizes that Sohrab is Hassan’s son when Hassan tells him about the incident in which Assef, one of his father’s clients and a cruel man, tried to rape Sohrab but was stopped by Hassan.

Sohrab initially does not trust or like Amir, but eventually comes to love and respect him. When Assef kidnaps Sohrab from the orphanage, Amir tries to rescue his friend’s son because he feels guilty for having abandoned Hassan at the end of the Russian occupation. After rescuing Sohrab from Assef, Amir brings him back to the United States.

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