In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Amir needs to be guided by a sage to protect him and make he follows the right path. The sage archetype changes at different points in the novel like in the beginning it is Rahim Khan, in the middle it is Baba and Rahim Khan, and in the end it is again Rahim Khan and Farid.
At the start of the novel Rahim khan was the sage to Amir by helping him whenever baba didn’t give him his affection that he deserved. Baba at this point doesn’t show like he cares about Amir, and whenever Amir writes a story Baba doesn’t seem to care very much. That is when Rahim khan steps in and reads the story giving Amir the satisfaction he deserves “As always, it was Rahim Khan who rescued me” pg. 31. Rahim saw that Baba didn’t care too much Amir’s story so he came to the rescue and gave Amir what he needed. Which at this point it was a caring father. Furthermore, this is shown again whenever Amir wants Rahim as his father rather than having baba “my door is and always will be open to you, Amir Jan. I shall hear any story you have to tell. Bravo” pg. 33. Rahim as Amir sees it is like a mentor to him. He gives him what Baba doesn’t and tells him that he is a good writer which is something Amir takes to heart. Rahim helped Amir whenever Baba was too distant to have a positive impact on Amir.
Whenever Amir and Baba moved to America the sage switched Baba, but kept Rahim Khan in there to. At this point in the book Amir just graduated high school and is going to college. Amir decided to go with an English major even though Baba disapproves of it “I think I’ll major in English, I said. I winced inside waiting for his reply”. Even though Amir hasn’t seen Rahim in a long time, Rahim still impacted him which made him pick an English major. If Rahim hadn’t inspired him all those years before he would have never had followed his dream of becoming a writer. Baba also took the role of sage whenever Amir asked him to talk to general Taheri about marrying Soraya” Baba’s dry lips stretched into a smile. A spot of green on wilted leaf. Are you sure?”. Baba wants to make sure that Amir is making the right choice about marrying Soraya so he wouldn’t have any regrets later on in life. He wants to guide Amir to making the best possible choice in his situation. Rahim and Baba both helped Amir make life changing decisions in one way or another.
At the end of the novel it is Rahim Khan and Farid who are the sage in the story. Amir is in Pakistan because Rahim Khan called him to do something for him. He wants Amir to Atone for his and Babas sins” I want you to go to Kabul. I want you to bring Sohrab here pg.220. “Rahim wants Amir to find Sohrab because he needs to do some action to atone his sins, and since there was nothing in America that could possibly do he brought him to Pakistan to do that. He guided Amir so that he could have what he had craved for. To be free of all the guilt. The other sage in the end of the novel is Farid. He is Amir’s Actually guide to get to Kabul so that he won’t die. He provides wisdom to Amir that will keep him safe while he is Afghanistan “keep your eyes on your feet” pg.248. Small pieces of advice that might not seem like nothing help Amir Safe and get killed while he is trying to find Sohrab.
The wisdom character or sage got passed around from Rahim Khan a few times from it being himself at the start to switching to Baba in the middles section and Farid at the end of the story. Even though it did get passed around, Rahim was the main one and had influence in each of the three main sections of the book.