The Kite Runner

Chapter 6-9

Why is Ali also silent about the truth regarding Hassan's so-called "theft"? Is this an act of revenge, in light of what we find out later? Is it an act of self-empowerment?

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Ali is a Hazara whom Baba's father took in when his parents were killed. He grew up alongside Baba just as Hassan did alongside Amir. Ali has a crippled leg and paralysis in his lower face muscles and the neighborhood children ridicule him. He is as devoted and loyal as his son. In most ways, Hassan is the father figure between the two. Hassan would not have permitted Ali to tell the truth about the watch. Hassan felt that he must sacrifice for Hassan even if it means losing his job and Baba's respect.