The Kite RunnerDuring the confrontation with Assef in Wazir Akar Khan ,Amir develops a scar what is the significances of that scar and why is it important in Amirs journey towards forgiveness and...

The Kite Runner

During the confrontation with Assef in Wazir Akar Khan ,Amir develops a scar what is the significances of that scar and why is it important in Amirs journey towards forgiveness and acceptance?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The previous responder is correct. However, I think there is just a bit more to the scar that Amir will bear on his mouth.  The doctor tells Amir,

The impact had cut your upper lip in two, clean down the middle (297). 

What you may or may not recall is that Hassan was born with a harelip.  Baba paid for its repair on Hassan's birthday, but I would imagine that he was left with at least a slight scar.

The significance of this particular injury and the resulting  scar for Amir means that Baba now has two sons who had split lips and scars after their repair.  The symmetry of this is an important part of Amir's satisfaction in having fought with Assef.  Now Amir has experienced what his brother had suffered, too.  This is just one of the wonderful touches in this novel, a detail with great significance. 

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In the book "The Kite Runner" Assef has been the antagonist for Hassan and Amir.  It is Assef who has raped Hassan and bullied Amir.  Amir had spent his life running from the meories of Assf only to be plagued by insomnia.  He hates himself for not having stood up to Assef when he harmed Hassan.  The incident reshaped his life and perception of himself.

After Amir receives the letter from his father's friend Rahim, he travels to Afghanistan.  He learns that Hassan and his wife were murdered by the Taliban.  He also finds out that Hassan was his half-brother.  Hassan has a son who has been taken by the militants.  He sets out on a journey to bring the boy back.

Amir has never been brave, but he knows that he owes it to Hassan.  He goes to get the boy.  He wears a disguise but is recognized by the man who holds the boy captive.  The man is Assef.  Assef has the boy dressed like a girl.  He makes him dance in front of Amir and touches the boy.  Amir tells him he wants the boy, but Assef says they have an old fight to finish.  Amir, who has never stood up before, fights Assef and takes the boy to safety.  The scars are his proof to himself that he finally deserves to forgive himself.  He had stood up and defend Hassan's son, and protected him.  He saved the boy and later will adopt him.

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