Baba would buy us each three identical kites and spools of glass string. If I changed my mind and asked for a bigger and fancier kite, Baba would buy it for me – but then he’d buy it for Hassan too. Sometimes I wished he wouldn’t do that. Wished he’d let me be the favourite.
Amir and Hassan grew up together, inseparable. However, Amir was sometimes cruel to Hassan, eventually betraying him when he looked on as Hassan was raped. Hassan had proven himself over and over again to Amir, defending him against bullies, encouraging him when he felt down and also fitting the role of servant. Hassan put up with Amir’s occasional cruel taunts and superior attitude. When he watched Hassan’s rape, Amir could only compare Hassan’s look to that of a sacrificial lamb.
Even though Amir was forgiven by Hassan he was never able to redeem himself with his brother and friend. He did that through his heroic rescue of Hassan’s son, Sohrab.