Examples Of Courage In 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
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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 if he had [opened his mouth]” (73). As Hosseini introduces the characters reactions to an abounding amount of dilemmas, the reader receives a hope for bravery when faced with the world’s cruelest predicaments.

As an emotionally confined young boy living in Afghanistan, Amir has the utmost difficult time with confronting his fear. Amir is blessed in living a rich life with the people that he loves deeply, but what is the price of leaving behind his fears? The worst outcome of Amir’s lack courage is watching his best friend being raped in an alley, but as the reader takes a closer look into the text, they find a further, in depth, example of Amir’s fear of himself. As the story goes on, Amir has his fantasy life. It’s not until his father dies, that Amir encounters a plethora of his secrets, which leads to Amir doubting himself, his past, and his future. Here is where Hosseini is laying down the groundwork for a revelation for a “way to be good again” (2). The reader is set up with hints that soon introduce Amir to a new veiled truth; the two best friends are

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