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The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

1) What happened to Hassan in the alley?

When Hassan refuses to hand over the kite he ran for Amir, Assef pins Hassan to the ground and rapes him. While Hassan’s rape is in many ways the center of the entire novel, the word “rape” appears only once. Amir says—in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping—that he watched Hassan’s rape, but no one is awake to hear his confession. Amir realizes this secret he must carry is his “new curse,” and spends the rest of the novel struggling with his moral failure.