Essay about Analysis Of ' The Kite Runner '

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Hosseini reveals life lessons through the difficult situations he places his [main] characters in. In the novel, The Kite Runner, courage is a theme that is present but lacking in the characters. When faced with a fear that humans cannot handle on their own, courage is absent.

Although the definition of “courage” is a simple concept to grasp, it is difficult to put into action. As Amir observes Hassan being raped, it’s clear that “[he] ha[s] one last chance to make a decision. [He] could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan, or [he] could run… in the end he ran; [he] ran because he was a coward” (77). Lacking courage doesn’t mean that he couldn 't have done the right thing, but when faced with fear of being damaged himself, courage was not present. This moment in Amir’s life has changed the course of everything else leading up to him and his father leaving Afghanistan. Amir not stopping Assef “ [was] unfair, but in a few days, even a single day, [could] change the course of a whole lifetime”. Khaled Hosseini introduces the concept of fear and the human reactions that come out of the feelings people are not ready to face on their own. Nelson Mandela says “courage is not the absence of fear, but the acquired ability to overcome fear.” When Hassan was being raped in the alley, he was “the lamb” (76). As Amir sat back and watched, he thought that there was nothing that he could do. Amir has realized later that “the rest of his life might have turned out differently…

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