Amir’s haunting leaves him in turmoil and reeling with guilt for the rest of his life:
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. (Hosseini, 2009, p. 78).
Amir finds himself ‘paralyzed’ and unable to state anything for the sheer shock of what he witnessed. He tries to speak but instead is muted by the sheer complexity of what he witnesses as a young child. Abraham and Torak state that “devastating emotional consequences are entombed and thereby consigned to internal silence, albeit unwittingly by the sufferers themselves” (Abraham & Torak, 1994, p99−100).
Amir is evidently ‘entombed’