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Rahim Khan leaves Amir a note and speaks one word after reading the story: “Bravo!” The note is filled with praise for Amir, exactly what he would have wished his father had said instead. Nonetheless, he rushes downstairs and wakes Hassan to listen to the new story. Hassan is immediately excited to hear it. He is rapt with attention until Amir finishes it and then he says the same thing as Rahim Khan, “Bravo!” He tells Amir that Inshallah, or God willing, someday he will be a great writer and people all over the world will read his stories. Unfortunately, Hassan recognizes in Amir’s plot something called a Plot Hole or an illogical aspect of the story. Amir is angry for a moment that an illiterate Hazara had taught him about a weakness in his writing. He starts to explain to Hassan why he had written it that way. Then, Afghanistan changes forever.
Amir emphasizes the differences between his father and Ali and Hassan and him: they are differences of class and wealth and the two classes can never really cross into each other. It is the Afghanistan version of racism and classism and he and Hassan will become its victims in more ways than one. The story Hassan loves about Rostam and Sohrab is significant in that he will eventually name his own son Sohrab. Also, he is often seen as more intelligent than Amir and even though he can neither read nor write, he finds the plot hole in Amir’s story. Nonetheless, Hassan never believes he is better than his young master and actually idolizes him. He is forever loyal.
The story Amir writes is rejected by his father, because it is not what he would have wished for his son to do with his life. Rahim Khan tries valiantly to substitute his own praise for that missing from Baba, but for Amir, it is not enough. He just feels he can never live up to what his father wants and that his father hates him. The ending of the chapter is an ominous one in that the life Amir and Hassan and their families have always known is about to come to an end.
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