The Importance Of Courage In The Kite Runner

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Throughout the book, The Kite Runner, many personal elements affect Amir’s choices in life. One of the most prominent aspects is courage. Amir does not show any glimpses of courage until later in the book. From when he watches Hassan to the trip to America and his return to Kabul, he shows a big difference in his personality and lack of courage. Amir’s lack of courage effects on how well he could have become and how he could have lived. After the kite-fighting contest, when Amir is viewing what Assef and his companions are doing to Hassan, this certain point becomes a challenge for him. It becomes a test of courage. Amir is caught between going after and helping his loyal and best friend to impressing his father to gain praise. In addition, …show more content…
Moreover, it probably slips his mind that Baba has respect and praises men who go stand up for what is right. When Baba is talking to Rahim Khan about Amir and says, “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” (page 22), this hurts Amir because he knows he is not what Baba had expected of a son. This mainly draws back to the idea of not having courage but ends up leading to greediness. He knows he is a coward because he admits it: “[He] actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason [he] was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price [he] had to pay, the …show more content…
Firstly, when Amir sees Hassan walking home after the end, he bluffs and implies that he does not know what happened. This applies that Amir was not able to build up the confidence to confess. That would have shown a great deal of bravery. He starts ignoring Hassan by not going out to play with him anymore or does not read to him as he used to. It makes it seem as if Amir was the one who has to suffer from what Hassan had to go through. This symbolizes greediness, dishonesty, and cowardice. When Amir does finally interact with Hassan, and asks if he wants to go to the hill so he can read Hassan his new story. Amir ends up humiliating and hurting Hassan, the boy who admires him and shows perpetual loyalty. He wants Hassan to hit him with a pomegranate so all the guilt he is holding in will evaporate. He starts calling Hassan “Nothing but a goddamn coward” (page 92). In the end, Hassan ends up cracking a pomegranate against his own forehead to please Amir. Then Amir started crying and said, “What am I going to do with you, Hassan? What am I going to do with you (Page 93)? When he says this, it makes it seem like Hassan had put him through a lot. What makes it worse is that Hassan knew Amir had been there and did not step out. However, he showed no hard feeling toward Amir. Hassan put it past himself to forgive him. Amir had plenty of ways to eradicate his guilt. The best thing he could have done was tell

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