Amir is afraid of being persecuted by his Pashtun peers for associating with a Hazara. Hazaras are looked down upon by the Pashtun community. They are seen as inferior and only fit to be servants to the Pashtuns. Thus, despite Amir and Hassan being close and spending most of their time together, Amir cannot readily accept Hassan as a friend. Besides, Hassan is Amir’s servant and helps perform chores in the house together with his father, Ali.
Assef narrowed his eyes. Shook his head. When he spoke again, he sounded as baffled as he looked. "How can you call him your 'friend'?" But he's not my friend! I almost blurted. He's my servant!
Hassan does not go to school, and although he is naturally smart, he is illiterate. Baba seems to like Hassan more than Amir because according to Baba, Hassan is more masculine. The issue forces Amir to perceive Hassan as his rival, and the situation further complicates their relationship.
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