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Unformatted text preview: Mayah​ ​Thomas CMP​ ​120 Professor​ ​Sanders 10/16/2017 The​ ​Kite​ ​Runner Kabul,​ ​Afghanistan,​ ​before​ ​the​ ​start​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Afghan​ ​war​ ​ ​is​ ​where​ ​ ​The​ ​Kite​ ​Runner​ ​by Khaled​ ​Hosseini,​ ​begins.​ ​The​ ​main​ ​character​ ​Amir​ ​and​ ​a​ ​close​ ​companion,​ ​Hassan,​ ​have​ ​an extraordinarily​ ​complicated​ ​relationship​ ​that​ ​differs​ ​from​ ​most.​ ​In​ ​Kabul,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​very​ ​distinct social​ ​divide​ ​between​ ​two​ ​groups​ ​referred​ ​to​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Pashtuns​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Hazaras.​ ​ ​Amir​ ​is​ ​a​ ​pashtun. He​ ​lives​ ​a​ ​comfortable​ ​life,​ ​some​ ​may​ ​even​ ​say​ ​lavish​ ​as​ ​he​ ​comes​ ​from​ ​a​ ​family​ ​with​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of money.​ ​The​ ​Hazaras​ ​are​ ​the​ ​social​ ​grouping​ ​Hassan​ ​would​ ​be​ ​lumped​ ​into.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​the​ ​servant​ ​of Amir​ ​and​ ​does​ ​not​ ​come​ ​from​ ​the​ ​same​ ​luxurious​ ​lifestyle​ ​that​ ​Amir​ ​comes​ ​from.​ ​He​ ​absolutely adores​ ​him​ ​and​ ​would​ ​do​ ​anything​ ​for​ ​him.​ ​Hassan​ ​shows​ ​his​ ​loyalty​ ​in​ ​numerous​ ​ways​ ​and Amir​ ​shows​ ​Hassan​ ​time​ ​and​ ​time​ ​again​ ​that​ ​he​ ​is​ ​not​ ​worthy​ ​of​ ​this​ ​treatment.​ ​Hassan’s​ ​selfless nature​ ​allows​ ​Amir​ ​to​ ​often​ ​take​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​him​ ​because​ ​to​ ​Amir,​ ​Hassan​ ​is​ ​only​ ​a​ ​ ​servant with​ ​whom​ ​Amir​ ​can​ ​hang​ ​out​ ​with​ ​when​ ​there​ ​is​ ​nothing​ ​else​ ​to​ ​do.​ ​This​ ​dynamic​ ​is​ ​in​ ​place because​ ​Amir​ ​knows​ ​that​ ​his​ ​people​ ​are​ ​more​ ​respected​ ​than​ ​the​ ​Hazaras,​ ​so​ ​he​ ​is​ ​already​ ​aware that​ ​Hassan​ ​is​ ​beneath​ ​him​ ​socially.​ ​Amir​ ​is​ ​more​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​the​ ​affection​ ​he​ ​can​ ​get​ ​from​ ​his emotionally​ ​distant​ ​father,​ ​Baba.​ ​To​ ​Baba,​ ​Amir​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​disappointment​ ​since​ ​birth​ ​as​ ​his mother​ ​died​ ​giving​ ​birth​ ​to​ ​him.​ ​Baba​ ​has​ ​seen​ ​Amir​ ​as​ ​a​ ​burden​ ​ever​ ​since.​ ​Baba​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​show more​ ​affection​ ​towards​ ​Hassan​ ​because​ ​he​ ​is​ ​athletic​ ​and​ ​really​ ​good​ ​at​ ​soccer​ ​which​ ​Baba​ ​loves. Amir​ ​is​ ​not​ ​athletic​ ​in​ ​the​ ​slightest​ ​so​ ​he​ ​cannot​ ​make​ ​his​ ​father​ ​proud;​ ​he​ ​is​ ​only​ ​truly​ ​good​ ​at poetry​ ​and​ ​reading.​ ​Throughout​ ​the​ ​novel​ ​Amir​ ​deals​ ​with​ ​heavy​ ​emotions​ ​that​ ​cause​ ​him​ ​a​ ​lot of​ ​inner​ ​conflict​ ​and​ ​because​ ​of​ ​that​ ​conflict​ ​he​ ​is​ ​able​ ​to​ ​find​ ​the​ ​path​ ​to​ ​righteousness​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as grow​ ​immensely​ ​as​ ​a​ ​person. Mayah​ ​Thomas CMP​ ​120 Professor​ ​Sanders 10/16/2017 In​ ​the​ ​book,​ ​the​ ​first​ ​sign​ ​of​ ​any​ ​conflict​ ​is​ ​when​ ​Assef,​ ​a​ ​bully​ ​who​ ​terrorizes​ ​people smaller​ ​than​ ​him​ ​and​ ​two​ ​of​ his​ ​friends,​ ​confront​ ​Amir​ ​and​ ​Hassan​ ​on​ ​the​ ​way​ ​to​ ​their​ ​favorite pomegranate​ ​tree​ ​and​ ​throws​ ​rocks​ ​at​ ​them.​ ​The​ ​boys​ ​fled​ ​the​ ​scene​ ​when​ ​Hassan​ ​told​ ​Assef​ ​to leave​ ​them​ ​alone​ ​and​ ​pointed​ ​his​ ​slingshot​ ​with​ ​a​ ​rock​ ​in​ ​it​ ​right​ ​at​ ​Assef’s​ ​eye.​ ​Before​ ​he​ ​left​ ​he told​ ​Hassan,​ ​“​ ​I’m​ ​a​ ​very​ ​patient​ ​person.​ ​This​ ​doesn’t​ ​end​ ​today.”​ ​(Hosseini​ ​35)​ ​and​ ​he​ ​told​ ​Amir “​ ​Your​ ​Hazara​ ​made​ ​a​ ​big​ ​mistake​ ​today,​ ​Amir.”​ ​(Hosseini​ ​35) This​ ​ ​scene​ ​shows​ ​how​ ​willing​ ​Hassan​ ​is​ ​to​ ​protect​ ​Amir.​ ​Although​ ​technically,​ ​Hassan​ ​is also​ ​in​ ​danger,​ ​he​ ​is​ ​significantly​ ​more​ ​athletic​ ​than​ ​Amir​ ​so​ ​he​ ​can​ ​run​ ​much​ ​faster​ ​than​ ​him.​ ​He could​ ​have​ ​left​ ​Amir​ ​behind​ ​and​ ​protected​ ​himself​ ​from​ ​the​ ​bullies​ ​but​ ​because​ ​he​ ​cares​ ​so​ ​much for​ ​Amir​ ​he​ ​made​ ​certain​ ​that​ ​they​ ​would​ ​both​ ​get​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​situation​ ​free​ ​of​ ​harm.​ ​The​ ​conflict progresses​ ​when​ ​Amir​ ​and​ ​Hassan​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​annual​ ​kite-fighting​ ​tournament.​ ​The​ ​boys that​ ​live​ ​in​ ​Kabul​ ​get​ ​kites​ ​and​ ​attach​ ​broken​ ​glass​ ​or​ ​anything​ ​that​ ​could​ ​cut​ ​the​ ​strings​ ​of​ ​other people’s​ ​kites.​ ​Everyone​ ​in​ ​town​ ​shows​ ​up​ ​to​ ​this​ ​tournament​ ​and​ ​flies​ ​his​ ​kite.​ ​The​ ​person​ ​with the​ ​last​ ​kite​ ​that​ ​remains​ ​intact​ ​keeps​ ​the​ ​runner​ ​up’s​ ​kite​ ​as​ ​an​ ​honorable​ ​trophy. Amir​ ​flew​ ​a​ ​kite​ ​and​ ​Hassan​ ​was​ ​his​ ​kite​ ​runner​ ​meaning​ ​that​ ​if​ ​Amir​ ​cut​ ​the​ ​last​ ​ ​kite string,​ ​Hassan​ ​had​ ​to​ ​chase​ ​it​ ​across​ ​town​ ​and​ ​catch​ ​it​ ​when​ ​it​ ​fell.​ ​Hassan​ ​was​ ​considered​ ​to​ ​be a​ ​top​ ​tier​ ​kite​ ​runner​ ​because​ ​he​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​know​ ​exactly​ ​where​ ​the​ ​kite​ ​would​ ​fall​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​it landing.​ ​ ​Amir’s​ ​kite​ ​won​ ​the​ ​tournament​ ​and​ ​Hassan​ ​went​ ​off​ ​to​ ​find​ ​the​ ​kite​ ​Amir​ ​had​ ​cut. Amir​ ​was​ ​so​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​show​ ​his​ ​honorable​ ​trophy​ ​to​ ​Baba​ ​after​ ​the​ ​tournament.​ ​After​ ​collecting accolades​ ​from​ ​his​ ​fellow​ ​town​ ​residents,​ ​Amir​ ​ ​goes​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​Hassan​ ​but​ ​has​ ​a​ ​hard​ ​time finding​ ​him.​ ​After​ ​looking​ ​all​ ​over,​ ​he​ ​sees​ ​Hassan,​ ​kite​ ​in​ ​hand,​ ​blocked​ ​in​ ​an​ ​alley​ ​by​ ​a vengeful​ ​Assef​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​teach​ ​Hassan​ ​a​ ​lesson​ ​to​ ​never​ ​challenge​ ​him​ ​again.​ ​Assef​ ​ ​is​ ​once Mayah​ ​Thomas CMP​ ​120 Professor​ ​Sanders 10/16/2017 again​ ​accompanied​ ​by​ ​his​ ​two​ ​friends​ ​he​ ​was​ previously​ ​seen​ ​with.​ ​They​ ​told​ ​Hassan​ ​to​ ​give them​ ​the​ ​kite​ ​and​ ​Hassan​ ​refused.​ ​In​ ​response,​ ​Assef​ ​told​ ​Hassan,​ ​"I'm​ ​letting​ ​you​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​kite, Hazara.​ ​ ​I'll​ ​let​ ​you​ ​keep​ ​it​ ​so​ ​it​ ​will​ ​always​ ​remind​ ​you​ ​of​ ​what​ ​I'm​ ​about​ ​to​ ​do."​ ​(Hosseini​ ​61​ ​) Assef​ ​sees​ ​how​ ​loyal​ ​Hassan​ ​is​ ​to​ ​Amir​ ​and​ ​tries​ ​to​ ​get​ ​him​ ​to​ ​realize​ ​Amir​ ​is​ ​not​ ​nearly​ ​as​ ​loyal to​ ​him​ ​by​ ​saying,​ ​“...Before​ ​you​ ​sacrifice​ ​yourself​ ​for​ ​him,​ ​think​ ​about​ ​this:​ ​Would​ ​he​ ​do​ ​the same​ ​for​ ​you?​ ​Have​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​wondered​ ​why​ ​he​ ​never​ ​includes​ ​you​ ​in​ ​games​ ​when​ ​he​ ​has guests?​ ​Why​ ​he​ ​only​ ​plays​ ​with​ ​you​ ​when​ ​no​ ​one​ ​else​ ​is​ ​around?​ ​I’ll​ ​tell​ ​you​ ​why​ ​Hazara. Because​ ​to​ ​him,​ ​you’re​ ​nothing​ ​but​ ​an​ ​ugly​ ​pet.​ ​Something​ ​he​ ​can​ ​play​ ​with​ ​when​ ​he’s​ ​bored, something​ ​he​ ​can​ ​kick​ ​when​ ​he’s​ ​angry.​ ​Don’t​ ​ever​ ​fool​ ​yourself​ ​and​ ​think​ ​you’re​ ​something more.”​ ​(Hosseini​ ​61)​ ​Because​ ​of​ ​his​ ​unwavering​ ​loyalty​ ​to​ ​Amir,​ ​even​ ​after​ ​hearing​ ​the​ ​harsh truth​ ​about​ ​his​ ​friend,​ ​Hassan​ ​still​ ​refuses​ ​to​ ​let​ ​Assef​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​kite​ ​and​ ​accepts​ ​whatever​ ​Assef will​ ​do​ ​to​ ​him.​ ​Assef​ ​has​ ​his​ ​friends​ ​pin​ ​Hassan​ ​to​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​and​ ​Assef​ ​removed​ ​Hassan’s​ ​pants and​ ​as​ ​he​ ​is​ ​about​ ​to​ ​rape​ ​him,​ ​Amir​ ​turns​ ​away​ ​because​ ​he​ ​cannot​ ​watch​ ​anymore.​ ​He​ ​thinks about​ ​intervening​ ​to​ ​help​ ​Hassan​ ​but​ ​instead​ ​he​ ​runs​ ​away. Amir​ ​feels​ ​conflicted​ ​because​ ​he​ ​knows​ ​that​ ​he​ ​is​ ​the​ ​only​ ​one​ ​at​ ​this​ ​time​ ​who​ ​can prevent​ ​Assef​ ​from​ ​raping​ ​his​ ​closest​ ​friend​ ​but​ ​he​ ​is​ ​too​ ​cowardly.​ ​In​ ​public,​ ​he​ ​only​ ​sees Hassan​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Hazara​ ​who​ ​happens​ ​to​ ​be​ ​his​ ​servant.​ ​“I​ ​was​ ​afraid​ ​of​ ​getting​ ​hurt.​ ​That’s​ ​what​ ​I told​ ​myself​ ​as​ ​I​ ​turned​ ​my​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​alley,​ ​to​ ​Hassan.​ ​That’s​ ​what​ ​I​ ​made​ ​myself​ ​believe.​ ​I actually​ ​aspired​ ​to​ ​cowardice,​ ​because​ ​the​ ​alternative,​ ​the​ ​real​ ​reason​ ​I​ ​was​ ​running​ ​,​ ​was​ ​that Assef​ ​was​ ​right:​ ​Nothing​ ​was​ ​free​ ​in​ ​this​ ​world.​ ​Maybe​ ​Hassan​ ​was​ ​the​ ​price​ ​I​ ​had​ ​to​ ​pay,​ ​the lamb​ ​I​ ​had​ ​to​ ​slay,​ ​to​ ​win​ ​Baba.​ ​Was​ ​it​ ​a​ ​fair​ ​price?​ ​The​ ​answer​ ​floated​ ​to​ ​my​ ​conscious​ ​mind before​ ​I​ ​could​ ​thwart​ ​it:​ ​He​ ​was​ ​just​ ​a​ ​Hazara,​ ​wasn’t​ ​he?​ ​I​ ​ran​ ​back​ ​the​ ​way​ ​I’d​ ​come.​ ​Ran​ ​back Mayah​ ​Thomas CMP​ ​120 Professor​ ​Sanders 10/16/2017 to​ ​the​ ​all​ ​but​ ​deserted​ ​bazaar...”​ ​(Hosseini​ ​65)​ ​This​ ​is​ ​another​ ​example​ ​of​ ​Amir​ ​caring​ ​more about​ ​Baba​ ​than​ ​Hassan​ ​and​ ​Hassan​ ​caring​ ​more​ ​about​ ​Amir​ ​than​ ​anything.​ ​Hassan​ ​willingly gave​ ​away​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​himself​ ​that​ ​he​ ​will​ ​never​ ​get​ ​back:​ ​His​ ​innocence.​ ​Amir​ ​watched​ ​this horrible​ ​thing​ ​happen​ ​to​ ​Hassan​ ​yet​ ​could​ ​only​ ​be​ ​bothered​ ​to​ ​notice​ ​the​ ​kite​ ​leaning​ ​against​ ​a wall​ ​in​ ​the​ ​background.​ ​He​ ​didn’t​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​or​ ​care​ ​about​ ​the​ ​gravity​ ​of​ ​the​ ​situation. In​ ​that​ ​moment,​ ​all​ ​he​ ​could​ ​think​ ​about​ ​was​ ​how​ ​proud​ ​Baba​ ​would​ ​be​ ​had​ ​he​ ​come​ ​home​ ​with the​ ​blue​ ​kite​ ​as​ ​this​ ​was​ ​the​ ​symbol​ ​of​ ​his​ ​victory.​ ​Amir​ ​would​ ​never​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​great​ ​lengths​ ​that Hassan​ ​did​ ​to​ ​make​ ​him​ ​happy​ ​because​ ​he​ ​does​ ​not​ ​possess​ ​the​ ​same​ ​purity​ ​and​ ​wholesomeness that​ ​Hassan​ ​does.​ ​Amir​ ​does​ ​not​ ​care​ ​as​ ​much​ ​for​ ​Hassan​ ​as​ ​Hassan​ ​cares​ ​for​ ​Amir​ ​because​ ​he​ ​is lower​ ​than​ ​him.​ ​Hassan​ ​was​ ​only​ ​a​ ​Hazara​ ​and​ ​for​ ​him​ ​to​ ​pay​ ​the​ ​price​ ​for​ ​Amir​ ​to​ ​get​ ​the​ ​kite back​ ​for​ ​him​ ​would​ ​mean​ ​that​ ​he​ ​could​ ​put​ ​a​ ​smile​ ​on​ ​his​ ​father’s​ ​face​ ​and​ ​gain​ ​his​ ​love​ ​that​ ​he had​ ​been​ ​yearning​ ​for​ ​all​ ​this​ ​time​ ​and​ ​it​ ​would​ ​all​ ​be​ ​worth​ ​it.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​culture​ ​they​ ​live​ ​in,​ ​no Pashtun​ ​would​ ​do​ ​a​ ​favor​ ​of​ ​any​ ​sort​ ​for​ ​a​ ​lowly​ ​Hazara​ ​because​ ​they​ ​feel​ ​as​ ​though​ ​they​ ​are above​ ​it.​ ​Soon​ ​after​ ​the​ ​rape,​ ​Hassan​ ​came​ ​to​ ​Amir​ ​with​ ​the​ ​kite​ ​and​ ​gave​ ​it​ ​to​ ​him​ ​and​ ​broke down​ ​in​ ​tears.​ ​Amir​ ​couldn’t​ ​bring​ ​himself​ ​to​ ​ask​ ​what​ ​was​ ​wrong​ ​becauase​ ​he​ ​felt​ ​horrible​ ​for having​ ​let​ ​this​ ​happen​ ​to​ ​Hassan.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​feeling​ ​liable​ ​and​ ​he​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​own​ ​up​ ​to​ ​his​ ​actions​ ​but​ ​is too​ ​cowardly​ ​to​ ​do​ ​so.​ ​He​ ​makes​ ​multiple​ ​different​ ​attempts​ ​to​ ​relieve​ ​his​ ​guilt​ ​but​ ​at​ ​first​ ​it​ ​is very​ ​difficult​ ​for​ ​him. When​ ​Amir​ ​and​ ​Hassan​ ​see​ ​each​ ​other​ ​next,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​tension​ ​because​ ​Hassan​ ​is traumatized​ ​from​ ​his​ ​experience​ ​and​ ​won’t​ ​tell​ ​Amir​ ​what​ ​has​ ​happened.​ ​Amir​ ​is​ ​feeling​ ​intense feelings​ ​of​ ​guilt​ ​and​ ​does​ ​not​ ​know​ ​what​ ​to​ ​say​ ​to​ ​Hassan.​ ​This​ ​creates​ ​a​ ​strange​ ​atmosphere between​ ​the​ ​two​ ​and​ ​not​ ​much​ ​can​ ​be​ ​said​ ​about​ ​it.​ ​They​ ​avoid​ ​each​ ​other​ ​for​ ​a​ ​while​ ​until​ ​Amir Mayah​ ​Thomas CMP​ ​120 Professor​ ​Sanders 10/16/2017 asks​ ​Hassan​ ​if​ ​he​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​go​ ​their​ ​favorite​ ​pomegranate​ ​tree.​ ​He​ ​does​ ​this​ ​to​ ​see​ ​if​ ​any​ ​of​ ​that weird​ ​tension​ ​is​ ​still​ ​there.​ ​When​ ​they​ ​get​ ​to​ ​the​ ​tree,​ ​Amir​ ​makes​ ​his​ ​first​ ​attempt​ ​at​ ​redeeming himself.​ ​He​ ​and​ ​Hassan​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​tree​ ​and​ ​Amir​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​know​ ​what​ ​Hassan​ ​would​ ​do​ ​if​ ​he threw​ ​a​ ​pomegranate​ ​at​ ​him.​ ​Hassan​ ​did​ ​not​ ​say​ ​anything.​ ​Amir​ ​got​ ​frustrated​ ​and​ ​forcefully heaved​ ​a​ ​pomegranate​ ​into​ ​Hassan’s​ ​chest​ ​leaving​ ​a​ ​large​ ​red​ ​stain​ ​on​ ​his​ ​shirt​ ​and​ ​knocking​ ​him to​ ​the​ ​ground.​ ​Amir​ ​shouts​ ​at​ ​him​ ​to​ ​throw​ ​a​ ​pomegranate​ ​at​ ​him.​ ​Hassan​ ​does​ ​nothing​ ​and​ ​in response,​ ​Amir​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​hurl​ ​pomegranates​ ​at​ ​Hassan,​ ​telling​ ​him​ ​to​ ​hit​ ​him​ ​back​ ​but​ ​being the​ ​patient​ ​person​ ​that​ ​he​ ​is,​ ​Hassan​ ​who​ ​is​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​red​ ​pomegranate​ ​juice​ ​does​ ​not​ ​retaliate. “‘Hit​ ​be​ ​back!’​ ​I​ ​spat…​ ​I​ ​wished​ ​he​ ​would.​ ​I​ ​wished​ ​he’d​ ​give​ ​me​ ​the​ ​punishment​ ​I​ ​craved,​ ​so maybe​ ​I’d​ ​finally​ ​sleep​ ​at​ ​night.​ ​Maybe​ ​things​ ​would​ ​return​ ​to​ ​how​ ​they​ ​used​ ​to​ ​be​ ​between us...Then​ ​Hassan​ ​did​ ​pick​ ​up​ ​a​ ​pomegranate.​ ​He​ ​walked​ ​right​ ​toward​ ​me.​ ​He​ ​opened​ ​it​ ​and crushed​ ​it​ ​against​ ​his​ ​own​ ​forehead.​ ​‘There...Are​ ​you​ ​satisfied?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​better?”​ ​(Hosseini 78)​ ​Once​ ​again,​ ​Amir​ ​was​ ​unrelieved​ ​of​ ​his​ ​unwavering​ ​guilt.​ ​He​ ​broke​ ​down​ ​crying​ ​due​ ​to exasperation,​ ​emotional​ ​turmoil,​ ​and​ ​ ​was​ ​unable​ ​to​ ​rid​ ​himself​ ​of​ ​these​ ​emotions.​ ​He​ ​so desperately​ ​wants​ ​Hassan​ ​to​ ​hurt​ ​him​ ​so​ ​that​ ​he​ ​can​ ​feel​ ​as​ ​though​ ​the​ ​two​ ​of​ ​them​ ​are​ ​even.​ ​He wants​ ​to​ ​suffer​ ​because​ ​he​ ​knows​ ​that​ ​he​ ​has​ ​done​ ​a​ ​horrible​ ​deed.​ ​His​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​intervention between​ ​Assef​ ​and​ ​Hassan​ ​was​ ​unethical​ ​and​ ​now​ ​he​ ​cannot​ ​do​ ​anything​ ​to​ ​change​ ​what happened.​ ​This​ ​doesn’t​ ​necessarily​ ​mean​ ​there​ ​is​ ​nothing​ ​he​ ​can​ ​do​ ​now​ ​to​ ​make​ ​amends​ ​with Hassan​ ​but​ ​because​ ​he​ ​is​ ​too​ ​immature​ ​and​ ​cowardly,​ ​to​ ​own​ ​up​ ​to​ ​his​ ​actions.​ ​It​ ​will​ ​take​ ​him some​ ​time​ ​to​ ​be​ ​at​ ​peace​ ​with​ ​what​ ​has​ ​happened. Years​ ​later,​ ​Amir​ ​has​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​America​ ​with​ ​his​ ​father;​ ​he​ ​has​ ​been​ ​out​ ​of​ ​contact​ ​with Hassan​ ​for​ ​twenty-five​ ​years.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​now​ ​married​ ​to​ ​a​ ​woman​ ​named​ ​Soraya​ ​that​ ​he​ ​met​ ​through Mayah​ ​Thomas CMP​ ​120 Professor​ ​Sanders 10/16/2017 Baba​ ​who​ ​has​ ​become​ ​ill​ ​and​ ​ ​recently​ ​lost​ ​a​ ​battle​ ​with​ ​lung​ ​cancer.​ ​Amir​ ​gets​ ​a​ ​phone​ ​call​ ​from a​ ​close​ ​friend​ ​of​ ​Baba’s,​ ​Rahim​ ​Kahn,​ ​who​ ​is​ ​also​ ​dying.​ ​He​ ​tells​ ​Amir​ ​that​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​way​ ​for him​ ​to​ ​restore​ ​his​ ​purity​ ​and​ ​to​ ​redeem​ ​himself​ ​but​ ​that​ ​he​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​come​ ​to​ ​pakistan.​ ​After about​ ​a​ ​week​ ​passes,​ ​Amir​ ​goes​ ​to​ ​see​ ​Rahim​ ​Kahn​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​to​ ​him.​ ​Amir​ ​is​ ​given​ ​a​ ​letter​ ​from Hassan.​ ​It​ ​informs​ ​Amir​ ​how​ ​much​ ​Kabul​ ​has​ ​changed​ ​since​ ​he​ ​has​ ​left​ ​because​ ​the​ ​rate​ ​of violence​ ​has​ ​grown​ ​exponentially.​ ​Laws​ ​have​ ​changed​ ​drastically​ ​from​ ​being​ ​fairly​ ​western​ ​and liberal​ ​culturally​ ​speaking​ ​to​ ​a​ ​place​ ​where​ ​no​ ​one​ ​is​ ​able​ ​to​ ​have​ ​an​ ​opinion​ ​that​ ​differs​ ​from​ ​the Taliban​ ​and​ ​if​ ​he​ ​or​ ​she​ ​does,​ ​he​ ​or​ ​she​ ​will​ ​face​ ​serious,​ ​violent​ ​and​ ​even​ ​deadly​ ​consequences. Rahim​ ​Kahn​ ​speaks​ ​about​ ​the​ ​death​ ​of​ ​Hassan​ ​and​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Taliban.​ ​Amir​ ​is​ ​told​ ​the Taliban​ ​has​ ​sent​ ​Hassan’s​ ​son,​ ​Sohrab,​ ​to​ ​an​ ​orphanage.​ ​ ​Rahim​ ​Kahn’s​ ​dying​ ​wish​ ​was​ ​for Amir​ ​to​ ​find​ ​Sohrab​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​him​ ​to​ ​America​ ​as​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​one​ ​left​ ​to​ ​take​ ​care​ ​of​ ​him​ ​and​ ​this is​ ​what​ ​Hassan​ ​would​ ​have​ ​wanted.​ ​At​ ​first,​ ​Amir​ ​is​ ​completely​ ​against​ ​this​ ​idea​ ​and​ ​turns Rahim​ ​Kahn​ ​down​ ​but​ ​after​ ​some​ ​thought,​ ​he​ ​realizes​ ​that​ ​this​ ​is​ ​his​ ​last​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​redeem himself.​ ​Amir​ ​tells​ ​Rahim​ ​Kahn​ ​that​ ​he​ ​will​ ​search​ ​for​ ​Sohrab​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​him​ ​to​ ​America. Amir​ ​sets​ ​off​ ​to​ ​find​ ​the​ ​orphanage​ ​in​ ​which​ ​sohrab​ ​is​ ​living.​ ​The​ ​man​ ​in​ ​charge​ ​tells Amir​ ​that​ ​he​ ​has​ ​been​ ​taken​ ​away​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Taliban​ ​but​ ​the​ ​following​ ​day,​ ​ ​he​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found​ ​at​ ​a soccer​ ​game​ ​at​ ​a​ ​nearby​ ​stadium​ ​where​ ​the​ ​Taliban​ ​officer​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​game,​ ​Amir​ ​has​ ​a meeting​ ​arranged​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Taliban​ ​officer​ ​at​ ​3​ ​o’clock.​ ​The​ ​following​ ​day,​ ​Amir​ ​meets​ ​the Taliban​ ​officer​ ​at​ ​a​ ​house​ ​and​ ​asks​ ​for​ ​Sohrab.​ ​They​ ​sit​ ​down​ ​and​ ​have​ ​small​ ​talk​ ​until​ ​the​ ​other members​ ​bring​ ​sohrab​ ​in​ ​dressed​ ​in​ ​bells,​ ​eyeliner,​ ​and​ ​blue​ ​robes.​ ​Sohrab​ ​is​ ​doing​ ​a​ ​dance​ ​for the​ ​officer​ ​in​ ​the​ ​room​ ​and​ ​the​ ​officer​ ​tells​ ​him​ ​how​ ​wonderful​ ​and​ ​talented​ ​he​ ​is​ ​while​ ​showing him​ ​off​ ​to​ ​Amir.​ ​“The​ ​Talib,​ ​spun​ ​the​ ​boy​ ​around​ ​so​ ​he​ ​faced​ ​me.​ ​He​ ​locked​ ​his​ ​arms​ ​around Mayah​ ​Thomas CMP​ ​120 Professor​ ​Sanders 10/16/2017 Sohrab’s​ ​belly​ ​,​ ​rested​ ​his​ ​chin​ ​on​ ​the​ ​boy’s​ ​shoulder...the​ ​man’s​ ​hand​ ​slid​ ​up​ ​and​ ​down​ ​the boy’s​ ​belly.​ ​Up​ ​and​ ​down,​ ​slowly,​ ​gently.”​ ​(Hoseini​ ​240)​ ​ ​After​ ​saying​ ​a​ ​familiar​ ​phrase​ ​to Amir,​ ​the​ ​Talib​ ​looked​ ​at​ ​Amir​ ​and​ ​told​ ​him​ ​that​ ​he​ ​never​ ​forgets​ ​a​ ​face​ ​and​ ​took​ ​off​ ​his sunglasses.​ ​This​ ​was​ ​no​ ​ordinary​ ​Talib,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​Assef.​ ​History​ ​was​ ​repeating​ ​itself​ ​and​ ​this​ ​time Amir​ ​knew​ ​he​ ​could​ ​do​ ​something​ ​to​ ​change​ ​Sohrab’s​ ​fate.​ ​Amir​ ​demands​ ​that​ ​Assef​ ​gives​ ​him Sohrab​ ​and​ ​Assef​ ​complies​ ​before​ ​telling​ ​Amir​ ​that​ ​they​ ​have​ ​“unfinished​ ​business”.​ ​Assef​ ​grabs Amir​ ​and​ ​beats​ ​him​ ​to​ ​no​ ​avail.​ ​He​ ​shatters​ ​his​ ​jaw,​ ​breaks​ ​multiple​ ​ribs​ ​among​ ​numerous​ ​other injuries.​ ​Amir​ ​begins​ ​to​ ​laugh​ ​uncontrollably​ ​while​ ​Assef​ ​is​ ​mercilessly​ ​beating​ ​him.​ ​“What​ ​was so​ ​funny​ ​was​ ​that​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​since​ ​the​ ​winter​ ​of​ ​1975,​ ​I​ ​felt​ ​at​ ​peace.​ ​I​ ​laughed​ ​because​ ​I saw​ ​that​ ​in​ ​some​ ​hidden​ ​nook​ ​in​ ​a​ ​corner​ ​of​ ​my​ ​mind,​ ​I’d​ ​even​ ​been​ ​looking​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​this,​ ​I remembered​ ​one​ ​day​ ​on​ ​the​ ​hill​ ​I​ ​had​ ​pelted​ ​Hassan​ ​with​ ​pomegranates​ ​and​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​provoke him.​ ​He’d​ ​just​ ​stood​ ​there,​ ​doing​ ​nothing,​ ​red​ ​juice​ ​soaking​ ​through​ ​his​ ​shirt​ ​like​ ​blood.​ ​Then he’d​ ​taken​ ​the​ ​pomegranate​ ​from​ ​my​ ​hand,​ ​crushed​ ​it​ ​against​ ​his​ ​forehead.​ ​Are​ ​you​ ​satisfied now?​ ​Hed​ ​hissed.​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​better?​ ​I​ ​hadn’t​ ​been​ ​happy​ ​and​ ​I​ ​hadn’t​ ​felt​ ​better,​ ​not​ ​at​ ​all.​ ​Bit​ ​I did​ ​now.​ ​My​ ​body​ ​was​ ​broken--just​ ​how​ ​badly​ ​I​ ​wouldn’t​ ​find​ ​out​ ​until​ ​later--but​ ​I​ ​felt​ ​healed. Healed​ ​at​ ​last.​ ​I​ ​laughed.”​ ​(Hosseini​ ​248) This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​attempt​ ​at​ ​redemption​ ​Amir​ ​had​ ​been​ ​searching​ ​for​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​entirety​ ​of the​ ​book.​ ​He​ ​ ​finally​ ​matures​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​face​ ​the​ ​gravity​ ​of​ ​what​ ​he​ ​had​ ​done​ ​to​ ​Hassan​ ​and​ ​is able​ ​to​ ​relieve​ ​himself​ ​of​ ​this​ ​lingering​ ​guilt​ ​that​ ​had​ ​been​ ​relentless​ ​in​ ​making​ ​itself​ ​known​ ​to Amir.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​ironic​ ​because​ ​he​ ​had​ ​to​ ​have​ ​his​ ​body​ ​physically​ ​broken​ ​in​ ​so​ ​many​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​finally feel​ ​as​ ​though​ ​he​ ​had​ ​healed​ ​emotionally.​ ​While​ ​Assef​ ​beats​ ​Amir,​ ​Sohrab​ ​tells​ ​Assef​ ​to​ ​stop​ ​and pulls​ ​out​ ​a​ ​slingshot​ ​which​ ​he​ ​uses​ ​to​ ​shoot​ ​Assef​ ​in​ ​the​ ​eye.​ ​Sohrab​ ​is​ ​protecting​ ​Amir​ ​in​ ​the Mayah​ ​Thomas CMP​ ​120 Professor​ ​Sanders 10/16/2017 same​ ​way​ ​his​ ​father​ ​had​ ​when​ ​Hassan​ ​and​ ​Amir​ ​were​ ​both​ ​children.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​almost​ ​as​ ​if​ ​he inherently​ ​cares​ ​for​ ​Amir​ ​because​ ​his​ ​father​ ​did​ ​too. ​ ​Now​ ​that​ ​Amir​ ​is​ ​older,​ ​although​ ​he​ ​cannot​ ​change​ ​the​ ​past,​ ​he​ ​can​ ​do​ ​everything​ ​in​ ​his power​ ​to​ ​change​ ​fate​ ​of​ ​Sohrab.​ ​Sohrab​ ​is​ ​the​ ​only​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​Hassan​ ​left​ ​in​ ​the​ ​World,​ ​and​ ​Amir​ ​now has​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​make​ ​up​ ​for​ ​his​ ​past​ ​mistakes​ ​to​ ​him.​ ​Amir​ ​asks​ ​Sohrab​ ​to​ ​come​ ​to​ ​America​ ​and live​ ​with​ ​him​ ​and​ ​Soraya.​ ​Amir​ ​is​ ​finally​ ​doing​...
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