What secret does Rahim Khan reveal to Amir? Why does Amir become so angry by what he learns?

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As an adult, Amir gets a call from his long-time friend and Baba's business partner, Rahim Khan, saying that he is dying and "there is a way to be good again." After briefly discussing Amir's marriage to Soraya, Baba, and memorable moments from the past, Rahim Khan says that he...

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As an adult, Amir gets a call from his long-time friend and Baba's business partner, Rahim Khan, saying that he is dying and "there is a way to be good again." After briefly discussing Amir's marriage to Soraya, Baba, and memorable moments from the past, Rahim Khan says that he wants to tell Amir about Hassan. Rahim Khan proceeds to tell Amir that Hassan and his wife moved back into Baba's home to help him maintain the estate, Hassan reconnected with his mother, and he eventually had a son named Sohrab. Unfortunately, the Taliban took control of Kabul and executed Hassan and his wife in the middle of the street, leaving Sohrab an orphan in the dangerous city.

When Rahim Khan asks Amir to travel into Kabul to save Sohrab and bring him to a friendly home of missionaries living in Pakistan, Amir refuses. Rahim Khan then gives Amir the real reason why he should save Sohrab by telling him that Hassan was his half-brother. This information shocks, astonishes, and angers Amir, who had no clue that Hassan was his half-brother. Eventually, Amir decides to atone for his past sins and agrees to rescue Sohrab from a dangerous life in Kabul.

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Rahim Khan tells Amir that Baba was Hassan's father. Amir is shocked and taken aback by the news.  His level of anger is brought on by this sudden news.  Another level of his frustration is in the fact that Hassan is gone and Amir is left powerless to do anything to impact the arc of their relationship.  When he reads the letter, Amir is moved to a point that is undercut with the realization of his death.  The news that Hassan was Amir's half- brother is powerful enough to cause intense questioning of his actions and his entire being in the world.

Amir's anger is also driven by the fact that his life to that had point had been built on a deception.  It is the type of deception that causes Amir to have to reflect back on his life, searching for signs that might have tipped him off on the truth.  For Amir, this anger resides in having been denied for so long a critical piece of news.  It is in this way where Amir's anger is so strong and potent.  It reflects a condition of being in which the past is no longer readily accepted and the present is a muddle.  This becomes the result of the secret revealed and why Amir is so angry about what he learns.

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