Please explain this quote from The Kite Runner with a brief paraphrase the its significance to the novel (ie.character, conflict, etc.)."I opened my mouth and almost said something. Almost. The...

Please explain this quote from The Kite Runner with a brief paraphrase the its significance to the novel (ie.character, conflict, etc.).

"I opened my mouth and almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned our differently if I had. But I didn't. I just wantched. Paralyzed." 

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This quotation comes from Chapter 7 of The Kite Runner, and it describes what is perhaps the biggest mistake of Amir's life--his cowardly decision not to come to Hassan's assistance when he is sodomized--and certainly the one he regrets most.

     "I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned our differently if I had. But I didn't. I just watched. Paralyzed."

Had Amir not been paralyzed by his fear of taking a beating from Assef, he may have come to Hassan's aid. Amir may have suffered physical injuries from the bigger boys, but they would have healed much quicker than the psychological scars stemming from his inaction--scars that lasted for the rest of his life. By not coming to Hassan's rescue, Amir suffered immediate guilt, a guilt so overwhelming that he could not stand to see Hassan remain as a part of Baba's household. The guilt led him to again forsake Hassan's friendship when he planted his birthday gifts under his friend's mattress--effectively leading to Ali's and Hassan's decision to leave Baba's home.

Amir's decision to not help his friend began a domino effect of guilt that continued until he was finally convinced by Rahim Khan to return to his homeland where

There is a way to be good again.

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