Why does Amir feel distant from Soraya in The Kite Runner?

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In the story, Amir briefly felt distant from Soraya when she told him the truth about her past, while he was unable to share his past. Soraya told Amir about how in the past she ran away with a man. She was rebellious, and the man was into drugs. Members of her community talked about it, and the situation brought shame to her family. Eventually, her father found her, and she went back home.

Amir, on the other hand, thought of telling Soraya about his past, but he couldn’t talk about it and decided to keep it a secret. Amir wanted to tell Soraya of how he betrayed Hassan, how he framed him for theft, which led to the end of a forty-year relationship between his father and Ali. According to Amir, Soraya was better than him because she had the courage to tell him the truth.

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