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What is the symbolic significance of the injury sustained by Amir in the fight with Assef in chapter 23?

Later, after Aisha changed the IV tubing and raised the head of the bed like I’d asked, I thought about what had happened to me. Ruptured spleen. Broken teeth. Punctured lung. Busted eye socket. But as I watched a pigeon peck at a bread crumb on the windowsill, I kept thinking of something else Armand/Dr. Faruqi had said: The impact had cut your upper lip in two, he had said, clean down the middle. Clean down the middle. Like a harelip.

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His scar will parallel the one Hassan has.


He uses words for a living, and the scar will prevent him from speaking.


He was jealous of the surgery that created Hassan’s scar.


His scar represents his decision to bury his past entirely and never speak of it again.


He regains his own power even though he loses the fight.

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