To decide whether or not Amir and Hassan are truly friends, it would be necessary to define friendship. What is a friend? What would they do or not do, and how much can they hurt you until they're no longer a friend? The boys grew up side by side; they found their space in the world together, with each other's names embroidered throughout their childhoods. They share an immensely intimate bond, understanding one another as if they could speak a language designed exclusively for the two of them. But the social segregation of their different cultures permeated their kinship, and created an uncomfortable barrier. If they were truly friends, would that be able to happen? In the dark honesty of Amir's reflective thoughts, his arrogance is exposed, revealing his true belief of superiority over Hassan. Would that be an occurrence in a true friendship? Then when Amir witnesses one of the most traumatic events of Hassan's life, and doesn't do anything in response... the sincerity of their friendship does not meet expectations. In order for Amir to live with his secret viewing of Hassan's attack proves that he does truly value himself more than his childhood friend; therefore the boys are not true friends.
Hassan and Amir are certainly not friends. Indeed, these two boys do not consider each other as a friend. They are neither friends nor brothers. There are so many factors that hinder these two boys from becoming friends. First, the social status and class; simply put, Hassan is a son of Amir family's servant. Actually, Hassan even admires and respects Amir so much although he knew that Amir ran away when he was raped by Assef. ( He says to Amir, "For you a thousand times over!"). Not only the social class, but also the ethnicity and religion definitely explain why they are not true friends. Hassan is Hazara while Amir is Pashtun. Before these two boys' birth Pashtuns slaughtered a great number of Hazaras. In fact, Amir is certainly aware of his superiority over all Hazaras, including Hassan. So they can never be regarded as friends
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