CHAPTER 8 SUMMARY The Aftermath of the Rape and Amir’s Birthday Party• After the rape, Amir and Hassan spend less time together.• When Hassan asks Amir what he did wrong, Amir tells Hassan to stop harassing him. After that, the boys avoid each other.• One day, Amir asks Baba if he would ever get new servants. Baba becomes furious and says that he will never replace Ali and Hassan.• With the start of school, Amir spends hours alone in his room.• Amir asks Hassan what he would do if he threw a pomegranate at him. Amir begins pelting Hassan with pomegranates and yells at Hassan to hit him back. But Hassan won’t. He crushes a pomegranate against his own forehead, asks Amir if he is satisfied, and leaves.• That summer of 1976, Amir turns thirteen.• Rahim Khan tells Amir he is always there to listen, then gives him a leather-bound notebook for his stories.• Amir sees Hassan serving drinks to Assef and Wali.
QUESTIONS• How is Hassan presented in this chapter?• Why does Amir resent his father’s concern about Hassan’s illness?• How do we know that Amir is feeling very guilty?• In what ways is Amir an anti-hero?• Baba is impressed by Assef. Why? What present does Assef give Amir and what does he do with it?• Why does the chapter end by talking about Amir’s sin?
How is Hassan presented in this chapter?Very forgiving, kind and gentle. He has alreadyforgotten what Amir done but its Amir thatcannot accept what has happened. He is pushedHassan away however Hassan keeps trying torekindle their relationship but Amir cannot dealwith the guilt he feels every time he is withHassan.
Why does Amir resent his father’s concern about Hassan’s illness?He craves Baba’s attention and when Hassangets attention he is jealous. He wishes Hassanwasn’t there and is very selfish when it comes toBaba.He now sees Hassan as the servants so wouldshould Baba care about them? He shows moreinterest in Hassan illness than most things Amirdoes.
How do we know that Amir is feeling very guilty?He can not look at Hassan or be around him he justwants to take a punishment for what he has doneso he can forgive himself, however Hassan hasalready forgiven him but its Amir who cant acceptit. “Hit me back...Hit me back goddamn you!” He isashamed of what he has done and wants to forgetit all but every time he sees Hassan all thememories and guilt come back therefore he doesn’tlike being with Hassan any more, he even asks Babaif they will get new servants.
In what ways is Amir an anti-hero?ANTI-HERO: Protagonist of a book but has manyqualities that you don’t associate with the hero.Amir is a coward and remorseful yet Hassan isthe brave confident one yet he is not the maincharacter and its all about the selfish life ofAmir. He is the opposite of a hero therefore he isan anti-hero.
Baba is impressed by Assef. Why? What present does Assef give Amir and what does he do with it?Assef is a strong willed young man, he isportrayed to be confident, brave and ‘manly’ thisimage of a young controlling boy is exactly whatBaba was like as a child and its what he wants forAmir however Amir is NOT like this. Baba resentsAmir for this. Assef gives Amir a Hitler biographyand Amir throws it in the bin, later Assef tells Amirthat everyone should follow Hitler and his viewsare what Assef agrees with, showing signs of apsychopath/sociopath.
Why does the chapter end by talking about Amir’s sin?Because every thing positive has to have thisgrey cloud over head, putting a downer on it. Itshis birthday he should be happy but instead hesees Assef and Wali getting served by Hassan,this guilt will never go away as long as they stayhere. Hassan is not going anywhere, neither isAssef and neither is Amir’s regret of thesituation.
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