Amir doesn't treat his friend, Hassan, as an equalservant in competition for his fathers praise.
After winning the kite tournament, Hassan is abused while Amir hides
Amir frames Hassan for stealing, so he doesn't have to face him.
"My favorite part of reading to Hassan was when we came across a big word he didn't know. I'd tease him; expose his ignorance." Page 30
Hassan and his father leave, knowing Amir had framed him
"I had one last chance to make a decision. One final Page 82 opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I couldstep into that alley, stand up for Hassan- the way he'dstood up for me all those times in the past- and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran."
Amir and his father move to America to flee from the Talibanfather to flee from the Taliban war
"I lifted Hassan's mattress and planted my new watchand a handful of Afghan bills under it. I waited another thirty minutes. Then I knocked on Baba's doorand told what I hoped to be the last in a long line of shameful lies." Page 110
Amir starts his new life in America, unable to forget his betrayle
"Ali glanced my way and in his cold, unforgiving look, I saw that Hassan had told him. ""Strangely, I was glad that someone knew me for who I really was; I was tired of pretending." Page 112
"For me, America was a place to bury my memories.For Baba, a place to mourn his." Page 136
"That summer of 1983, I graduated from highschool.""Baba rolled his head towards me. "I wish Hassan had been with us today" he said." Page 141
Amir's father dies, along with the secrets they both hold
Amir returns to Afghanistanto visit a dying family friend
He returns to his town of Kabul
"I opened my mouth and almost told my wife how I'd betrayed Hassan, lied, driven him out, and destroyeda 40 year relationship with Baba and Ali. But I didn't."Page 174
Amir finds Hassan's son in Kabul
"Amir Jan, I summoned you here because I wanted to see you before I die, but that's not all.""I want you to go to Kabul. I want you to bring Sohrabhere." Page 232
Amir finds justice by facing his best friend's abuser in Kabul
"After all these years, I was home again, standing on the soil of my ancestors. On this soil, I had fought for my fathers love." Page 253
Unable to re-write the wrongs of his past, Amir tires to be better
"The boy had his fathers round moon face, his pointy stub of a chin, his twisted seashell ears, and thesame slight frame." Page 293
"Another rib snapped, this time the left lower. What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace." Page 303
What had I done, other than take my guilt out on the very same people I had betrayed and then try to forget it all? What had I ever done to right things?" Page 317