Chapter 8 Summary Maahin Gulati
After the rape Amir and Hassan do not spend that much time together. Amir and his father Baba take a trip to Jalalabad and stay at a cousins house. Baba proudly tells everyone there about the kite tournament but Amir does not feel happy about it. Amir cannot sleep that night. He thinks about what happened and feels horrible. When Amir arrives home Hassan asks him if he watns to walk with him. THey walk together but in silence. Hassan asks Amir to read him a book but Amir says no and walks back home in silence.
Amir and Hassan continuously has tifs with each other and they begin to detach from them. One day Amir asks his father Baba if they can get new servants. Baba became furious and says that the will never replace Ali and Hassan. On a day of school, Amir and Hassan leave and go and sit next to a Pomegranate tree. Amir begins to pelt Hassan with the pomegranate and yells at him to throw them back. He then takes a pomegranate crushes it on Amir's head and walks away.
The chapter then goes on to talk about Amirs birthday party in which his father Baba invites almost 400 people. Baba makes Amir greet each guest. Assef comes to the party and pretend like nothing has happened. But Amir quickly begins to fell uncomfortable. Assef gives Amir his gift. Once the party is over Amir goes upstairs and opens Assef's gift. It is a biography of Hitler. Rahim Khan then shows up and tells Amir an interesting story about how he was almost married and says that he will always be there for Amir. Khan then gives Amir his gift which is a notebook for him to write his stories in it. The both hear fireworks then, they go out side to see Hassan serving drinks to ones who raped him.
Chapter 8 Analysis Leo Kafka Regret
“For a week I barely saw Hassan. I woke up to find toasted bread, brewed tea, and a boiled egg already on the kitchen table. My clothes for the day were ironed and folded, left on the cane-seat chair in the foyer where Hassan usually did his ironing. He used to wait for me to sit at the breakfast table before he started ironing—that way, we could talk. Used to sing too, over the hissing of the iron, sang old Hazara songs about tulip fields. Now only the folded clothes greeted me. That, and a breakfast I hardly finished anymore.” [The Kite Runner, Chapter 8]
Nothing haunts you more than regret. In chapter 8, Amir is haunted by his regret of not intervening with Hassan and the other boys. After his decision to run away from Hassan’s tormentors, Amir sees little of Hassan and starts to feel the regret pulling at his emotions; however, he attempts to conceal it, dodging questions from Ali. Every since the day of the tournament, Amir has felt the empty hole inside of him grow as the regret of leaving Hassan to those boys eats away at him, day by day. He feels as though he should be happy with his newfound relationship with his father; yet he cannot feel this way as the load he is carrying is too large:
“I sat on the edge of the pool, empty save for a layer of slushy snow at the bottom, feet dangling in...It shouldn’t have felt this way…[It] should have been fun, spending a day like that with Baba, hearing his stories. I finally had what I’d wanted all those years. Except not that I had it, I felt as empty as this unkempt pool I was dangling my legs into.” [The Kite Runner, Chapter 8]
Amir regrets his decision, but, as a coping mechanism, he pretends that it never happened, yet he cannot find joy in life anymore after hiding away the truth from everyone—including himself. Hiding regret breaks a person down emotionally, as is evidently beginning to happen to Amir in chapter eight of The Kite Runner.