What are some examples of betrayal between Amir and Baba in The Kite Runner?
The most prominent example of betrayal is when Amir passively witnesses Assef rape his close friend, Hassan, and does not intervene or call for help. Amir's jealousy and fears influence him to betray Hassan in his time of need, which ruins his friendship with Hassan. After refusing to help Hassan, Amir becomes overwhelmed with guilt and once again betrays Hassan by placing his birthday gifts in Ali's shack to make it seem like Hassan stole from him. Amir's betrayal results in lifelong guilt and motivates him to risk his life in order to save Hassan's son, Sohrab, as a way to atone for his past sins.
Baba is also responsible for betraying various individuals in the story. Baba betrays his longtime Hazara friend, Ali, by sleeping with his wife and getting her pregnant. Baba then betrays his illegitimate son, Hassan, by refusing to acknowledge that he is his biological father. Baba also betrays Amir by hiding the truth regarding Hassan. As an adult, Amir is astonished and extremely hurt...
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