Amir's Responsibility / by Academy Monthly

Amir is most responsible for Hassan’s rape and what happened afterwards because he has many chances to stop and alter the situation, but his selfish feelings towards Baba blinds his judgements and affects his decision to not help. When Assef, a main antagonist is about to attack Hassan and try to pin him to the ground, Amir, while reflecting back on this moment, admits to being responsible for the actions that happen after Hassan’s rape when he narrates, ”I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t. I just watched. Paralyzed” (73). If Amir had opened his mouth and said something to defend Hassan, like Hassan had done dozens of times before, the situation would have been changed and the bond between Amir and Hassan that breaks after the incident would have still existed. Later in the scene, while Assef is committing his crime, Amir has a decision to make. He says that he has “one final opportunity to decide who I was going to be” (77). “I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan--the way he’d stood 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. I ran because I was a coward” (77). Amir’s decision greatly impacts the story and what happens after the incident. He is most responsible because if he had stood up for Hassan, his bond with him would still be strong after the incident. Amir says that he ran because he was “afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt” (77). However, his real reasoning lies with the kite that he had Hassan run. As an afterthought, he adds, “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (77). His feelings towards Baba blind his judgement when he has to make his choice, making him want to spare the kite that Hassan ran for him, so he can finally build a relationship with his father. This reasoning is why Amir is responsible for Hassan’s rape and what happens afterwards.