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belittles his masculinity. He struggles to voice what he witnessed and questions himself and his motives around his actions which he regrets throughout his adult life. Amir reflects upon the fact that he “was glad I didn’t have to return his gaze. Did he know I knew?” (Hosseini, 2009, p. 83). It is this acknowledgement of the truth that causes Amir to be haunted and unable to reconcile his guilt as he is unable to look at Hassan for fear of him acknowledging that he witnessed his rape. This evidently allows the haunting of Hassan’s face and Amir’s memory of greeting him after the rape scene to torture himself repeatedly about what happened to Hassan all those years ago. Amir is also clearly a victim of trauma as he witnessed the ordeal that Hassan sadly experienced.

Amir tries to