Amir wins the kite tournament and let’s Hassan run and get the kite that fell. When Amir goes looking for Hassan he finds him being raped by a group of neighborhood punks, Wali, Kamal, and Assef. Amir even as a grown man is still tormented by guilt that he never helped Hassan. Being a child Amir was too much of a coward to help Hassan, and with the feeling of guilt he couldn’t live with it. He frames
Amir is the villain of The Kite Runner because he is greedy for Baba’s love, this leads to his disloyalty to Hassan and demonstrates his cowards because of his feelings of his guilt. Amir, although living a luxurious life feels something is missing, and it’s his father’s approval, he would do anything for it. After winning the kite tournament went to search for Hassan to see him surrounded by Assef and his two friends but, “Behind him, sitting on piles, of scraps and rubble, was the blue kite. [His] key to Baba’s heart” (71). All he cared about was the kite he cut in the tournament, he even sacrificed his best friend just for his father’s love.
Assef claims that Hassan is “a lucky Hazara..” and that “it’s only going to cost [Hassan] that blue kite, a fair deal..” (Khaled Hosseini 60). If Hassan simply handed over the kite in which Amir had won during the kite-fighting tournament than he would be able to be free. The bullies call Hassan “a lucky Hazara”, insulting him by treating him as if he’s not a real person, with a name. Hassan has such a strong character that he is aware that giving up this kite is not an option.
While being beaten up by Assef, Amir feels at peace. He feels this ways because he feels that as he is taking the hits from Assef, it shows that he would do anything for Hassan. He is redeeming himself in a way that he is standing up not only for Hassan but also for Sohrab. Amir also stands up for his family, redeeming himself. " Hassan is dead now.
Since Amir left, Afghanistan has becomed unrecognizable, and it is not the same place as it was before he went to America. Farid’s comment condemns Amir and the fact that he has been living a life of privilege in America while the Afghanis have struggled to survive due to wars, violence and political issues.
In The Kite Runner, the author tells a story of the close friendship of two boys who come from different social classes, Amir being the wealthy boy and Hassan the servant. It takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1978, a time where the separation of Hazara Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims took place. A part in the book where we witness betrayal of their friendship and this division of culture is after the yearly kite tournament where Hassan goes after the kite Amir won and promises to bring it back to him. During his search for the kite, Hassan encounters Assef and his friends, who constantly bullied Amir, threatened Hassan to give up the kite or pay the price. Being that Hassan was loyal and wanted to keep his promise to Amir, he decided to pay the price which was rape.
Amir watched Hassan get raped and didn’t say a word about it, therefore, Amir feels partially responsible. Throughout The Kite Runner Amir moves on with his life until Rahim Khan calls. Rahim calls to ask Amir back to Kabul to retrieve Hassan’s long lost baby after Hassan’s death. “My suspicions had been right all those years. He knew about Assef, the kite, the money, the watch with the lightning bolt hands.
After Amir and Hassan cut the last persons kite Hassan goes and runs for the kite for Amir. As Hassan is running for the kite he catches it then runs into Assef and his group of bullies. Assef then rapes Hassan and Amir sees it but does nothing. Ali knows something is
Throughout Amir’s life he lives with the guilt that he caused to his best friend, Hassan. One day after a kite race, Amir and Hassan go to look for a kite, and after being split up, Amir panics because he can’t find Hassan. Later, Amir finally finds Hassan being attacked by an evil kid named Assef. Amir ran off, je ran because he didn’t want to deal
This ties in to the fact that if Amir had helped Hassan there would be a high probability of both of them getting hurt. The second point that ties in is that Hassan is a Hassar not a Pashtun and is therefore not regarded with the same level of respect and honor as a fellow Pashtun would. Another point that was brought up in the discussion is the question of Amirs religious alignment At his school he was taught as a Sunni Muslim; at home his father and seventh practices the culture of a Shi'a Muslim; and his father holds the opinions of an atheist. We reflected that Amir was most likely religiously confused and not holding any moral bearing due to his lack of a steadfast religious alignment. This could be one of the reasons that he might act in his childhood with such moral
He can not bear the scrutiny so he humiliates hassan in public by not defending him or protecting him and he humiliates him when they 2 are alone by telling petty lies to him. But the ironic thing is that the very shame he tries to avoid, becomes a worse self loathing shame latter from all his guilt. However, eventually Amir finds himself in a situation where a sense of family, redemption and belonging comes over him and is able to push his instinctual self preservation tendencies away and pay his respects to Hassan by defending and protecting his child. Coincidentally, where Amir prefered to be accepted, Hassan was never given
His perception and identity of self was shaped through their difficult relationship. Even though when the two of them were young their relationship was perceived as a brotherly bond, it appears as the novel goes in more depth that Hassan causes a lot of guilt for Amir unconsciously. This is through the alleyway scene where Hassan was raped. At the beginning of the novel, the narrator gives emphasis on the lasting influences the rape has on Amir. “I became what I am today…because the past claws its way out.
Assef presents two options: give up the kite, or get hurt keeping it. Since Hassan is so loyal and devoted to Amir he decides to keep the kite. As a result Assef’s friends hold Hassan down while Assef rapes him. Assef said, “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,” (TKR pg 73).
As Assef, tortures and rapes Hassan in the alleyway, Amir cowardly watches. Amir does not return the loyalty Hassan has for him as he fails to protect Hassan. Immediately, Amir acknowledges his betraying actions, and begins feeling guilty for what he hadn’t done. ’ I watched Hassan get raped,’ I said to no one… A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear, so I wouldn’t have to live with this lie anymore…
The relationship between Amir and Hassan strengthens, with every defeated kite. Amir finally wins his way into Baba's heart, at least for the moment; then everything changes. After the last kite is brought down from the sky, Hassan goes to retrieve the kite for Amir with the parting words “‘For you a thousand times over!’”(Hosseini 67). When Hassan fails to return, Amir goes out in search of his friend. When he finally catches up to Hassan, he witnesses Hassan being raped by their nemesis Assef.