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aulsolulught | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM via web

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What does Amir want to tell Assef about Hassan when Assef bullies them about being friends in The Kite Runner?

Studying this book for English, we are doing Chapter Questions, and I'm stuck.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Amir is always beset by fear when he encounters the older bully, Assef. The son of a Pashtun father and German mother, Assef considers himself among the social elite of Kabul. Because of his German heritage, Assef worships Hitler; he also believes, as many Pashtuns do, that the ethnic Hazaras (like Ali and Hassan) are inferior. It sickens him to see Amir seemingly treating Hassan as an equal, and he perceives them as inseparable friends. His own relationship with Hassan is also troubling to Amir, who can never bring himself to call Hassan a true "friend." He wants to tell Assef this, too, but he fears Assef, and in some small way, he does not want to hurt Hassan's feelings.

But he's not my friend! I almost blurted. He's my servant! Had I really thought that? Of course I hadn't. I hadn't.

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