It is similar to when Hassan was getting raped and Amir stood there and watched. Amir had no legal or culturally moral reason to stop the rape. As Amir stood in that alley, he thought to himself, “I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt.
As a result, he struggles with his true identity. His father wants him to stand up for his friends, but the religion stops him from helping Hassan because he is not a Pashtun. After running away from the incident that happened to Hassan, Amir says, “I finally had what I’d wanted all those years. Except now that I had it, I felt as empty as this unkempt pool I was dangling my legs into.”(P.85) Amir’s religion contradicts with his father’s belief. Amir regrets that he took the advantage of Hassan in order to please his father, and realizes that he does not deserve getting approved by Baba.
Amir wasn't always nice to Hassan. He always teased him when he didn't know something. “yes I lied and I thought of how I had used my literacy to ridicule Hassan and how I teased him about big words he didn't know.” (Hosseini 29) This brought Hassan’s education down hill because he believes what Amir says. Amir had sinned throughout the novel. He lied, witnessed a sin and never told anyone, and was putting his own friend down.
He had let his best friend, Hassan, be tortured and neither supported or defended him. The experience left a scar on both Hassan and Amir. Amir’s father’s words echo in his mind as he recalls the experience, “A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything” (Hosseini, 2003). By the end of the novel, Amir finally learns stands up and earns the redemption
He then tells him that you know what it is about. That Hassan was Amir Brother because Ali couldn’t have children so Amir’s father was Hassan’s father. That From there on Amir goes on a journey that will hopefully rid him of his past sins seeks justice for his old friend. Then Amir meets the bully that harassed him and Hassan. And he has Sohrab Which Hassan’s son and
Amir always played it selfishly whereas Hassan every time did things for his best friend like even saving his friend from doing his daily chores. Hassan and Amir were true friends but Amir did very little for Hassan whereas Hassan fulfilled all the responsibilities even if there was no response from Amir's side. Thus “failing to meet the expectations of a relationship for one’s own personal gain” is best seen in their relationship. It is quite profoundly seen during the kite tournament wherein Hassan was raped brutally by 3 boys when he refused to part away the kite for Amir.
If Hassan was not a Hazara, he would not have been raped. Assef accuses Amir of befriending a Hazara and Amir almost says, “He’s not my friend...He’s my servant” (41). Amir starts to view Hassan as only a servant, not his friend. Amir only needs Haasan to play when he is not at school. The society of Kabul makes it easy to make Hazaras minorities and treat them with no
Maybe then things could return to how they used to be between [Amir and Hassan]” (Hosseini 92). Amir doesn’t know how to approach him or to appease him in any sympathetic way, so he just uses his attempt as an excuse to be the same way to him that he has always been. He believes that if he gets a small punishment of getting fruit thrown at him, as if taking a few pomegranate shots from Hassan would make amends between them, he will be free from the chains of his culpability. He sees the “punishment [he craves]” as lifting a large weight off of his chest, rather than something to do out of the genuine integrity he should have. It seems as though he does not care as much about Hassan’s benefit as he does about getting himself off the hook from his guilt.
Early in the book, we realize how Amir's and Hassan's friendship goes beyond social and economic differences. Hassan is always defending Amir and proves himself a loyal friend to Amir repeatedly, defending Amir when he is attacked and always being ready to listen to him. He shows his bravery, selflessness and intelligence throughout the whole novel even though he is uneducated. That’s primarily because he has very accurate instincts and a giant and passionate heart. However, he is touched by his reality: he is from a poor ethnic group, called the Hazaras, considered an inferior ethnicity in Afghan society.
The triangle between the males seems to be most impacted by Hassan. One day at the kite running race, as Hassan is running down Amir’s kite, he encounters Assef and two other boys. As Hassan is maliciously abused and raped, Amir watches him in shock and runs away thinking; “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” (Hosseini 77). This triangle between Baba, Amir, and Hassan is involved in many of the problems found throughout the novel.