In "The Kite Runner", what is the significance of the scar that Amir develops as a result of the confrontation?Amir's confrontation with Assef in Wazir Akar Khan marks an important...

In "The Kite Runner", what is the significance of the scar that Amir develops as a result of the confrontation?

Amir's confrontation with Assef in Wazir Akar Khan marks an important turning point in the novel. Why does the author have Amir, Assef and Sohrab all come together in this way?

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Amir, Assef, and Sohrab are brought together by the author to further his theme of redemption in the novel. Because Amir did not stand up to Assef when he brutally raped Assef, standing up to him in defense of Sohrad is an important, redemptive act. For Amir, it finally allows him to make peace with his past, to "be good again."

The scar Amir develops has symbolic significance. He is now "marked" by his redemptive act permanently, signifying a permanent change in his life due to redemption.

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