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“I became what I am at the age of twelve”. Does Amir’s opening words prove to be...

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fk91 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2009 at 10:41 PM via web

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“I became what I am at the age of twelve”. Does Amir’s opening words prove to be accurate?

I believe what happend to Hassan and the betrayl and guilt Amir feels because of it makes Amir who he is. what happend then reflects on Amir's feelings and actions. 

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eabettencourt | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:12 PM (Answer #1)

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You're definitely on the right track.  The violent assault on Hassan, and Amir's witnessing it, certainly shapes who Amir is as an adult.  The themes concerning redemption are quite strong in this novel, and the root of Amir's quest for redemption can be traced back to this event.  As an adult, Amir at first seems to repress his memories concerning his childhood, allowing his American lifestyle to mask his guilt.  But once he discovers there is a chance "to be good again," all his decisions (to go to Afghanistan, to risk his life for Sohrab, to consequently adopt Sohrad) are based on the attack he witnesses as a twelve year old boy, a boy who could not, was not equipped to, process it at the time, but who as an adult seeks out redemption.

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