Hassan, however, is killed, and toward the end of the novel we watch Amir trying to become a substitute father to Sohrab.Their relationship experiences its own strains as Sohrab, who is recovering from the loss of his parents and the abuse he suffered, has trouble opening up to Amir.
When Amir's father asks Hassan if he stole the watch, which Amir has planted under Hassan's pillow, Hassan answers in the affirmative.
Even though Amir has shown cruel lack of character and his unworthiness as a friend by accusing Hassan falsely of the theft, Hassan remains loyal to Amir, admitting to a crime...
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Another incident in addition to the one you have already mentioned is where Hassan shows loyalty to Amir when Amir accuses him of stealing his watch.
The major events of the novel, while framed in the context of Amir’s life, follow Afghanistan’s transitions as well.
In Amir’s recollections of his childhood, we see the calm state of Kabul during the monarchy, the founding of the republic, and then watch as the Soviet invasion and infighting between rival Afghan groups ruin the country.
That guilt drives the climactic events of the story, including Amir’s journey to Kabul to find Sohrab and his confrontation with Assef.
The moral standard Amir must meet to earn his redemption is set early in the book, when Baba says that a boy who doesn’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything. As an adult, he can only redeem himself by proving he has the courage to stand up for what is right.
Amir has a very complex relationship with Baba, and as much as Amir loves Baba, he rarely feels Baba fully loves him back.
Amir’s desire to win Baba’s love consequently motivates him not to stop Hassan’s rape. He feels guilty treating Amir well when he can’t acknowledge Hassan as his son.