Amir went to the house of a leading Taliban (Assef) where Sohrab had to dance for Taliban leaders.
Assef threatened to kill Amir or charge or treason (p. 278). Assef (as did Farid later) asked Amir if he
really came back from America to Kabul for a ?Hazara’ (KR, p. 285). Then, Assef challenges Amir
(KR, p. 278) and advised his guards ?When it’s all done, only one of us will walk out of this room
alive … If it’s him Amir, then he’s earned his freedom and you let him pass …? (KR, p. 287). After
verbal altercation with Amir, Assef decides to have a duel with Amir, declaring that only one winner
can leave the room. Assef brutally assaults Amir and the latter bleads heavily and suffers serious
bruises and injuries but he never fought Assef back. In the same way, Hassan did not fight him back
when he was hitting him with pomegranates on the hill. To fully redeem himself and atone for all his
sins (he committed against Hassan & Ali). Hassan felt at peace receiving Assef’s blows and swears
and he never fought back; he was even laughing. This is a clear sign that Amir paid Hassan back but
this time to Hassan but to his little son, Sohrab. In other words, if the young Amir watched his friend
when he was being raped by Assef and his gang the little Sohrab watched the mature Amir being
severely hit by Assef and the former did not fight back as if he wanted to redeem himself from guilt.
But, while Amir did not defend his friend (and brother) Hassan gainst Assef’s assault, Hassan’s son
(Sohrab) came to the rescue of Amir and shot Assef with his slingshot.