In the novel, The Kite Runner,by Khaled Hossienni, Amir decides to abandon Hassan as he is being raped because he suffers from the lack of approval from Baba and tries to redeem himself, along with choosing to take on society’s ethnic beliefs on Hazara and the jealousy of Baba’s preference of Hassan over himself empowers his needy personality. Amir constantly felt responsible for committing the greatest sin in Baba’s eyes, “theft” (19) by killing his mother after he was born. Baba was a headstrong man who held high virtues in life for himself and especially Amir. Growing up with a man who shapes his son’s “world into his own liking” (16), Amir is pressured to someone who will “stand up for himself” (24). Another problem Amir faces is the competition for Baba’s affection. There was a time when Amir, Hassan and Baba went to skip rocks, and Hassan skipped the rock so many times in the water, Baba even wrapped his arms around his shoulders to tell him he did a great job. Amir envied Hassan because his father prefers an “illiterate Hazara” (37) over his own son. This leads to another point of how Amir begins to give in to the ethnic beliefs of his society and starts to distinguish the differences between Pashtan and Hazara and how they are beneath him. He envies Hassan, “who was born with that stupid harelip” because he received more affection with that then more Amir has ever felt. He succumbs to the idea that Hassan is just a “lamb” he has to slay because “nothing in this world” is free (82). He needed Baba’s love, he craved it and he was willing to do anything to win the blue kite back for him. Jealousy and the lack of content and affection motivates Amir to walk away rather than step up for Hassan. And because he sacrifices Hassan, he also gives up his best friend and the happiness for all the years to come.