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How Does Hosseini Represent Amir’s Feelings About Hassan Leaving?

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Hosseini represents Amir’s feelings in many different ways throughout the Kite Runner. From after the rape scene that occurs between Hassan and Assef, Amir gains a horrible sense of guilt which remains with him throughout the whole remainder of the book. These feelings of guilt then lead to him being ashamed of himself, but instead of dealing with those feelings openly, he harbours them and then uses the first opportunity he can find to get rid of what he sees as the source of his guilt--Hassan.
From the point Amir decided he was going to try and get rid of Hassan, he had gained a sense of confidence that made him believe that if Hassan was out of the way then he would lose his sense of ...view middle of the document...

Even from this moment before Hassan left, Hosseini ensured the reader understood the brotherhood between the two boys and the huge amount of respect that was one sided in the relationship between them. Amir's and Hassan's friendship is distinctly lopsided, Hassan is left doing all the compromising and having to accept the abuse Amir gives him. This is strengthened when Amir proves that he is not a friend to Hassan when he sees Hassan being horribly and violently abused by the perverted bully Assef but does nothing to stop it.
Hosseini moves onto describe Amir’s feeling in a much more discrete way when he goes into detail about Baba’s reaction. “Then I saw Baba do something I had never seen before: he cried.” This small detail about Baba leads back on how Amir should remain to feel guilty for what he has caused, as if he had tried to help Hassan when he was about to be abused then they could both have supported each other and then he wouldn’t have had to try and remove his guilt by trying to get rid of Hassan. Which has then caused his father to be so upset that he has cried, the fact that to Amir his Baba was such a powerful figure and this has caused such a dire reaction supports the concept that Amir has yet again failed his father even though in a previous chapter Amir had said the reason he hadn’t helped Hassan was to receive his father’s love. “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.” But from this moment we realised that again Amir had failed and his father was left now even more upset. Hosseini uses Baba’s tears to represent Amir’s feelings towards Hassan's leaving as a failure on his behalf.
The most significant scene that Hosseini uses to represent Amir’s feelings about Hassan leaving is the final paragraph on page 101. It...

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