In the story, Amir and Hassan’s friendship is undeniable. Even though Hassan was Amir’s servant, their bond was close because they were nursed by the same women. They grew up side by side like brothers but didn’t know they were actually real half-brothers. Both boys did everything together and for one another. Their loyalty to each other was unquestionable.
Friendship played a big factor in the novel because in those days loyalty and honor was an important thing, and having that in a friend was valuable. Due to the friendship Amir and Hassan shared it came in handy when they were both being taunted by their childhood bully Assef and his friends. Hassan always stuck up for both himself and Amir. Assef and his buddies disliked the fact that Amir hung around Hassan because he was a Haraza. That did not stop Amir from hanging around Hassan, even though Hassan was his only friend.
During the annual kite competition, Amir and Hassan end up breaking Baba’s record and winning the competition. Hassan as always runs the kite for Amir and finds himself cornered by Assef and his friends. Assef sexually assaults Hassan because of his decision to remain loyal to
Amir by keeping the kite. During the assault Amir finds out and sees what happens to Hassan and how he displayed their friendship and loyalty to Assef. Yet, Amir does nothing and runs away like a coward. He then slowly stops hanging out with Hassan...