The Kite Runner: Is Amir A Hero?

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In Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, we see that the character Amir can be defined as a hero. A character who seeks to redeem himself in a world where there can be good. Yet the Kite Runner can be interpreted in many different ways, not just the character Amir. Perhaps it represents a longing for something out of reach or something more symbolic such as an emotion. But within the novel, The Kite Runner can be focused very thematically with the character Amir. He becomes a hero after finding what truly matters in the world and suffers to obtain that goodness.A selfless nature is what separates the hero from an ordinary person. In The Kite Runner Amir believes that by capturing the winning ...view middle of the document...

I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan-the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past-and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end I ran. (P. 82, Par 2)Though Amir is upset with himself for doing this he quickly forgets when he sees how happy Baba is with him. Amir is selfish.Redemption cannot be received without suffering. Because of what Amir sacrificed, the friendship with Hassan, for the Kite, Amir begins to experience loss on a grand scale. When at first he begins losing his friendship with Hassan he despairingly searches for punishment. "I hit him with another pomegranate, in the shoulder this time. The juice splattered his face. "Hit me back!" I spat. "Hit me back, goddamn you!" I wished he would. I wished he'd give me the punishment I craved… (P. 98, Par 5). Further in the novel, Amir is unable to step off the path and be honest with what he's done. Because of his cowardice he destroyed a 45 year relationship between Baba and Rahim Khan. Later in the novel, Amir is still unresolved and needs a sense of forgiveness. When Soraya tells Amir about her past, he envies her.I envied her. Her secret was out. Spoken. Dealt with. I opened my mouth and almost told her how I'd betrayed Hassan, lied, driven him out, and destroyed a forty-year relationship between Baba and Ali. But I didn't. (P. 174, Par 6)This shows that Amir has not yet forgotten nor dealt with his past mistakes. He attempts to live a happy life yet still cannot atone. Ultimately he is plagued by his remorse but there is an underlining urge to go to his friend Hassan."Come. There is a way to be good again, Rahim Khan had said on the phone just before hanging up. Said it in passing, almost as an afterthought. A way to be good again. (P. 202, Par 2)....

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