Why is the scar important in Amir's journey towards forgivness and acceptance?The Question is built on the following: The significance of the scar that Amir develops as a result of the confrontation.

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Think about the location of Amir's scar.  Hassan was born with a birth defect in the same location.  What does it represent about Amir that he has placed himself in danger and come away with a scar in the same place?  During all the years that Amir and Hassan were growing up together, who was really scarred and who was really a whole and good person?  Hassan's scar did not stop him from being a good person and a good friend.  The fact that Amir had no birth defect did not make him a good person or a good friend.  So what does Amir's new scar, inflicted while he is being a good person and a good friend, represent?  Is this some sort of external symbol that tells us anything about a change in Amir, that tells us anything about a way that Amir and Hassan are now equal, or that tells us something about how Amir and Hassan have become true brothers at last? 

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