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Perhaps the most memorable example of forgiveness in the novel--and certainly the most surprising to Amir--comes when Baba confronts Hassan about the money and gifts found under his bed, items that Amir has planted himself.
... Baba stunned me by saying, "I forgive you."
Forgive? But theft was the one unforgivable sin, the common denominator of all sins. (Chapter 9)
Baba's love of Hassan is at the root of his generosity, but it is only later in the novel that the reader discovers the true reason for his magnanimous gesture: Hassan is actually Baba's son. Hassan himself has the chance to forgive his own mother for deserting him as a child when Sanaubar suddenly returns to Baba's old home. At first Hassan wants nothing to do with her, but he soon relents.
Hassan dropped her hand and bolted out of the house...
He came back the next morning... (and) took Sanaubar's hand in both of his... she was home now... (Chapter 16)
Amir is finally able to forgive himself for his past indiscretions against Hassan after he returns to Afghanistan to find Sohrab. While he is taking the brutal beating from Assef, Amir realizes that the punishment has cured him of his guilt--it is his atonement.
My body was broken--just how badly I wouldn't know until later--but I felt healed. Healed at last. (Chapter 22)
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