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In Amir's relationship with Sorab in The Kite Runner, he is able to purge some of his guilt about his treatment of Hassan. To what extent do you agree with this view?

In Amir's relationship with Sohrab in The Kite Runner, he is able to purge some of his guilt about his treatment of Hassan, but not all. Had Hassan lived, perhaps Amir might have atoned directly to Hassan one day and expiate his guilt completely. After Hassan's death, when Rahim Khan tells him that there is a way to be good again, he grabs it by taking Sohrab in and raising him as his own son.

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Amir will never be able to purge himself completely of his guilt about his treatment of Hassan, but he does attain a measure of relief through his relationship with Sohrab. Had Hassan lived, perhaps Amir might have atoned directly to Hassan at some point, instead of through his son Sohrab, and he might have been able to expiate his guilt completely.

However, Hassan's death ended this possibility. For years Amir repressed his thoughts of Afghanistan and Hassan because it was...

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