Study Guide for The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Book Summary|
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Then, Baba stuns Amir by telling Ali and Hassan that he forgives them. Amir is stunned, because Baba had told him that theft was the one true sin. He hates his Baba at that moment for not being able to forgive him for killing his mother and not being the son heíd always wanted. However, Babaís forgiveness is short-lived, because Ali insists that he and Hassan are leaving. Life here for them is now impossible. The grimace which shows on Aliís face mirrors his pain and Amir realizes how deep the pain is if he can see it reflected on a paralyzed face. When Baba asks Ali to tell him why, Amir knows that Ali will never answer, because Hassan has probably made his father promise that he will never tell the truth. They are going to Hazarajat to live with Aliís cousin and they only ask Baba to drive them to the bus station. At this point, Amir sees his father cry for the first time and beg the servants with a fearful plea, ďPlease . . .Ē
Amir notes that it rarely rains in the summer in Afghanistan, but that afternoon, it rains in sheets with thunder and lightning. They pile their belongings into the car. Later, Amir discovers that Hassan has left all his toys behind, piled in the corner of the mud hut, just like Amirís presents are piled in the corner of his room. Baba tries once more in the pouring rain to convince them to stay, but in the slump of his fatherís shoulders, Amir knows that the life he has always known is over. Amir watches the car pull away while the rain pours down like melting silver.
Amirís guilt is so great that all he knows how to do is repudiate it. The only way he can do that is to repudiate Hassan. So, he frames his friend for stealing his gifts and forces Ali to insist on leaving. The irony is that he will only make his guilt even greater by inflicting such horrible pain on two of the people he loves the most in his life. The worst of the guilt is that Hassan has once again sacrificed to protect Amir.
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