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Explain the following quote: “I understood the nature of my curse: I was going to get away with it.”

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Amir makes this statement to himself not long after witnessing Hassan be raped. It's clear from his words that he's not just traumatized by what he saw, but also by his failure to intervene. Amir could have prevented what happened to Hassan, but he chose not to, mainly because he was jealous of Hassan for supplanting Amir in his father's affections.

Amir knows that he did the wrong thing and that he'll have to live with...

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