The Kite Runner begins with "I became what I am today at the age of twelve." To what is Amir referring?  

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Amir is the protagonist of the novel, The Kite Runner Amir's life took a dramatic turn when two things happened: First, he failed to rush to the aid of his servant/friend, Hassan, when he was raped by the bully, Assef. Instead, he timidly hid behind a fence and watched...

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Amir is the protagonist of the novel, The Kite RunnerAmir's life took a dramatic turn when two things happened: First, he failed to rush to the aid of his servant/friend, Hassan, when he was raped by the bully, Assef. Instead, he timidly hid behind a fence and watched the event unfold; later, he pretended to know nothing about the act. Then, showing his extreme jealousy of his father's loving treatment of Hassan, Amir placed a watch and money--both birthday presents--under Hassan's mattress to set him up as a thief. When Baba found out, he forgave Hassan (secretly, his son), but Hassan's father, Ali, decided to leave their home because of the seemingly disgraceful actions of his son. 

These two acts of disgraceful deceit and cowardism hung over Amir for the rest of his life.

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