One of the first signs of major tension arises as Assef, what can only be described as a street criminal in training, begins to harass Amir for keeping the company of his friend. This anger from Assef is, of course, a direct result of the fact that the previously mentioned racial tensions ran, and continue to run deep, within the tribalized society of Afghanistan. The two boys soon engage in such a heated argument over the subject that Assef threatens to attack Amir who, without the help of Hassan, would have doubtless have been beaten severely. However, true to form, Hassan, intervened, fought off the attack and saved his friend from such a fate. The dynamics of familial dissatisfaction, friendship, rivalry, and racism are all compounded when Assef meets. In this way, the guilt that Amir feels for the incident, in the light of the way that Hassan had so bravely defended his own honor previously, only serves to make Amir withdraw from friendship and his family and regret the very day he was born. Confronted by the guilt he feels, Amir makes the fateful decision to run Hassan out of his life by falsely accusing him as a thief. The accusation serves to make Hassan falsely confess to the crime and eventually the situation terminates in Hassan and his father leaving the family that they had for so long served. While in the United States, after his father’s death and marriage to his Afghani wife he met while in California, Amir receives a call from Pakistan that tells him there is a way to be “good again”.