The Truth

In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, a week has passed since the incident between Hassan and Assef. Amir has not seen Hassan for a week but has woken up every day with breakfast already made, along with his clothes ironed and folded. In the past, Hassan would wait for Amir to get up, then he would start ironing clothes and talk with him. One dull morning Ali walked into the kitchen, Amir asked him where Hassan was. Ali looked at Amir with a worried look on his face and told him that Hassan had gone back to sleep…

“Lately, it seems all he wants to do is sleep. He does his chores—I see to that—but then he just wants to crawl under his blanket. Can I ask you something?” (p. 85)

I feel that this quote is important because it tells us that Hassan has yet to tell his father what had happened to him. Instead of telling the truth, Hassan hides under his blanket and gets up to only complete his chores and nothing else. He chooses to get up earlier to avoid Amir. After he completes the job he goes back to the shed outside and stays there until the next morning. I believe that Hassan does this to protect himself from the outside world. This abrupt change in behavior makes Ali worry about Hassan. In time, we will see that the truth will be let out, but from whom? Will it be Hassan or Amir? Is the truth going to be enough to restore their friendship? Only time will tell…

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