At the end of the chapter, we learn that Amir’s first word was “Baba,” and Hassan’s firstword was “Amir.” Amir says he thinks that “the foundation for what happened in the winterof 1975—and all that followed—was already laid in those first words” (11). Discuss thesignificance of these “first words.” What might they foreshadow? What do they suggestabout the relationship between Amir and Hassan, and what do they suggest about therelationship between Amir and Baba?
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Amir always felt the need to please his father. Baba felt Amir was physically weak and lacked "manly" traits. Amir's first word was Baba as if, even as a baby, he longed for his father's acceptance. Hassan wanted Amir's love. Hassan's favorite expression to Amir was, “For you a thousand times over." Hassan says this to Amir when they are flying their kite. It is quite a beautiful expression of friendship. Hassan, much poorer and lower in social class, says he will help his friend a thousand time over. It is fitting that Hassan's first word would be "Amir."