1. The tortured souls are said to be Amir and Baba according to Rahim Khan’s letter. Baba was tortured soul because he was always hard on himself for not telling the truth and other things in that happen in the past. Baba had kept the truth about Amir and Hassan being half-brothers for his entire life. Baba couldn’t love Hassan the way he longed, openly as a father. Baba always became furious with himself, so he took out his anger, guilt, on Amir instead. Rahim Khan says that, all the things that Baba did, feeding the poor, building the orphanage and giving money to friends in need, was to redeem himself from all the guilt and hardship he faced in the past.
Amir was a tortured soul because he was ashamed of what he did in his past, in his childhood. Amir thinks that the god will never forgive him, but most importantly Amir will never forgive himself. Amir watched Hassan get beat up by Assef and his friends. Amir never thought to go up to Hassan and help him. Amir wanted Hassan to suffer so he can have Baba all to himself. Amir could never handle the fact that Baba loved Hassan more than he loved him. Amir put handful of money and a wrist watch under Hassan’s bed to frame Hassan of stealing. Hassan took the fall and Hassan and Ali had to leave the house. Years later Amir finds out that Hassan was his half-brother, and realizes that his life had been a lie right from the start. Amir couldn’t imagine what he had done to Hassan was to his own brother. Amir thought that Hassan would’ve been alive if it weren’t for him, and thought about how he treated him for all those years. Rahim Khan says to Amir that, what you did in the past was because you were a troubled child. Amir has a chance to do the right thing, with Sohrab, and make him little less miserable and stop being hard on himself for once in his life.
2. The first irony of the novel occurred in when Amir put some of his money underneath the bed of Wahid. This is...