What evidence in The Kite Runner is shown that Amir is still feeling guilt in his new life in America from when he didnt help Hassan that one day?If there are any quotes to help support this, that...

What evidence in The Kite Runner is shown that Amir is still feeling guilt in his new life in America from when he didnt help Hassan that one day?

If there are any quotes to help support this, that would be great!

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The simple fact that Amir is ready and willing to return to Pakistan (and then Afghanistan) after Rahim Khan's promise that"There is a way to be good again" is proof that his guilty conscience still troubles him. Even after relocating in California, Amir has become an incurable insomniac who is beset by terrible nightmares. It is here that Amir had hoped to "bury my memories," and for a while he "embraced America... Someplace with no ghosts, no memories, and no sins." But Baba's fall from grace in California is a reminder of his lost power and wealth in Kabul, and when Amir meets Soraya ("My Swap Meet Princess"), her own imperfect past serves to remind him of his own past transgressions. Amir envies the clearing of Soraya's conscience when she tells him about her scandalous reputation.

Her secret was out. Spoken. Dealt with. (Chapter 12)

Baba's death leaves Amir wondering if he can ever resemble his father's greatness.

My whole life, I'd been "Baba's son"... Baba couldn't show me the way anymore; I'd have to find it on my own.
     The thought of it terrified me.  (Chapter 13)

And after speaking with Rahim Khan on the phone, Amir knows that he, too, shares Amir's terrible secret concerning his betrayal of Hassan.

... I knew he knew. My suspicions had been right all those years. He knew about Assef, the kite, the money, the watch... He had always known.  (Chapter 14)

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" it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realized I have been peaking into that deserted alley for the last twenty six years" (Hosseini, chapter 1)

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