Amir and Hassan have a favorite story. Does the story have the same meaning to both men? Why does Hassan name his son after one of the characters in the story?

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Amir and Hassan share a love and fascination for the short story “Rostam and Sohrab,” but for different reasons. In the story, Rostam kills Sohrab in battle, not knowing that he is his son. Hassan cries after he hears Amir read the story to him, and Amir notes that he didn’t understand Hassan’s reaction. Amir wonders if all fathers have a desire to kill their sons. For Amir, this story is a lens though which he can try to understand his own dysfunctional relationship with his father, who secretly blames Amir for murdering his wife after she died giving birth to him. In contrast, Hassan reads the story about Rostam and...

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