Throughout Amir’s life he and his father never connected on any level. Amir always felt that his father resented him for killing his mother as he was born. Yet when the opportunity arrived, which was the kite fighting tournament, Amir would do anything to finally gain that love he always craved. After winning the tournament Hassan, a Hazara servant, runs down the final kite for Amir; which leads to the greatest betrayal a friend can do. After hours of waiting for Hassan, Amir starts to look for him, he sees him running away from Assef still holding the kite. Amir follows Hassan and Assef only to witness Hassan refusing to give up the kite and unfortunately getting beaten and raped for his loyalty. Thinking of himself and finally claiming the love of his father, Amir closing his eyes and runs away betraying his friend and thinks to himself “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba.” (7.149) Because Hassan was “just a Hazara” (7.149) Amir believed it was alright, it was Hassan’s duty to serve Amir in any way possible. Realizing what he had done and feeling the guilt caused by his betrayal, Amir believes that the only way to get rid of such guilt is to frame Hassan for stealing and try to get him kicked out of the house to allow Amir to forget about what he has done and the pain that was caused by
etrayal in Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” plays a major role in the development of Hosseini’s protagonist Amir. Ignoring Hassan’s need for help, when he is raped by Assef, the entire story is changed from a boy fighting for his father’s love to one of redemption and forgiveness. Through trials of retrieval and pain, Amir must rid himself of guilt and accept the consequences of the past.