The Kite Runner

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The Man In The Herringbone Vest


In chapter 19, Amir dreams about a scenario that closely resembles the scene Rahim Khan shared with him of how Hassan died:

His hands are tied behind him with roughly woven rope cutting through the flesh of his wrists. He is blindfolded with black cloth. … He is muttering something under his breath. I step closer. A thousand times over, he mutters. For you a thousand times over. … He lifts his face, I see a faint scar above his lip. I see the barrel first. Then the man standing behind him. He is tall, dressed in a herringbone vest and a black turban. He looks down at the blindfolded man before him with eyes that show nothing but a vast, cavernous emptiness. … I see the face behind the plume of smoke swirling from the muzzle. I am the man in the herringbone vest.

What is the significance of Amir casting himself as Hassan’s executioner in the dream?


He feels responsible for Hassan’s death.


He wishes he had not returned to Afghanistan.


He feels guilty for not having done enough to stop the Taliban.


He feels responsible for the violence in his country.


He is confused about who killed Hassan.