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For the next few years, the family sees Afghanistan declared a republic and life goes on as before. One day in the winter of 1974, while Amir and Hassan are building a snow fort, Ali calls Hassan in, because Baba wants to speak to him. It is Hassanís birthday and Baba has never forgotten to get him a present. This year, it is plastic surgery to repair Hassanís harelip. Amir is once again jealous and thinks that Hassanís present isnít fair. He even wishes he had his own scar. The surgery goes well and by the following winter, Hassan is finally able to smile normally. Amir thinks this is ironic, because that is the winter that Hassan stops smiling.
In this chapter, we see some significant events taking place: Amir once again shows his need for love and acceptance from his father, because he is envious of Aliís tenderness toward Hassan and he is almost glad for the long night of wondering what happened in Afghanistan, because he was embraced by Baba when he came home; we are introduced to the neighborhood bully, Assef, who has strange, anti-social ideas that mimic Hitler; Assefís decision to attack Amir and Hassan once again shows us the discrimination against the Hazara and foreshadows later events in which Assef will make good on his ďpatience;Ē and we see that Amir is a coward, because he wants to tell Assef that Hassan is not his friend, but his servant.
He is in contrast to Hassan who plans to use his slingshot against a Pashtun to save his Amir agha. So far, Hassan continues to be the better of the two boys in the strength of his character. Also, Hassan warns Assef that he will take out his eye if he doesnít leave them alone. This foreshadows what his son Sohrab actually does to Assef many years later under.
Hassanís surgery is an unexpected gift for a Pashtun to give a Hazara, even if he had lived in their house his whole life. It leaves the reader wondering if there is something more in this relationship and foreshadows the impact of the truth about Babaís love and generosity toward Hassan and Ali. Also, Amir himself presents both foreshadowing and irony when he tells us that the following winter something will happens that makes Hassan stop smiling.
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