The Kite Runner

Chapter 6-9

What do you make of Hassan's silence about the watch and the money? Is his refusing to tell on Amir an act of courage or cowardice? What are his options? What power relationships are at work here?

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Hassan feels his place is to sacrifice for Amir. As he runs with the kite, Hassan shouts to Amir, "for you a thousand times over." Hassan will sacrifice himself for Amir a thousand times over as well. Hassan refuses to bring Amir disrepute. He loves Amir unconditionally and will not even let Amir destroy himself. Ironically, Hassan's devotion to Amir only drives Amir's self-loathing and consequently punish Hassan even more. Amir wants Hassan to give up on him as he had given up on Hassan in the alley that day.