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 guilt and be able to go back to living his care free life again. But this changed suddenly when Amir saw Hassan and Ali invited back to his father’s office and noticed their red eyes from crying and he states “...And I wondered how and when I had become capable of causing this kind of pain.” This quote shows how Hosseini wants the reader to acknowledge how Amir is aware of his actions and he is still taking full account for what he has done, and deep within he will always carry the guilt for not helping his friend.
Moving onto when Hassan accepts taking the watch and money even when Amir and the reader both know that it was Amir himself who had planted them, allows Hosseini to represent the side of Amir that shows his ignorance towards Hassan dedication and devotion to him. To take things back to another point at the start of the book , the fact that Amir’s first word was ‘Baba’ in who he believed was the most important person to him, was just how as Hassan’s first words were ‘Amir’ he believed he was the most important to him. Amir speaks “I flinched, like I had been slapped. My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth.” The sheer fact Amir was so shocked over Hassan taking…...

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