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In chapter 6, how does Amir feel about Hassan? Why does he mean "my life as a ghost"?

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shqip92 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 11, 2010 at 9:20 AM via web

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In chapter 6, how does Amir feel about Hassan? Why does he mean "my life as a ghost"?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 11, 2010 at 10:48 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book "The Kite Runner" Amir and Hassan participate in a Kite contest the winter of 1975.  The tournament is held in their neighborhood.  The children had been talking about television and how they already had it in Iran.  They were playing cards and having fun.  Amir tells Hassan that one day he will buy him a television set.   Hassan gets very excited about the idea.

Amir looks at Hassan and feels sad.  Hassan believes in him so much.  However, he has accepted his fate that he will grow old in the mud shack he calls his home.  Amir sees that Hassan is so pure.  He feels awed by his purity.

""That was the thing with Hassan.  He was so goddamn pure, you always felt like a phoney around him."(58)

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pro29 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM (Answer #2)

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Amir likes Hassan, they are almost like brothers. However Amir is jealous that Baba favours Hassan over him. Compared to Hassan Amir might feel like a ghost as Baba takes no notice of him. 

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