Kite Runner Essay
There are many different ways you can be a hero. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, the character Amir could be seen as a possible hero. Amir is someone that searches for what is right and what truly matters in the world and he suffers physically and mentally to achieve it. Amir shows quite a bit of selflessness throughout the novel, which can be a trait of heroism. Another option for a hero in this novel could be Amir’s father, Baba. Baba stands up for multiple people, including himself, which is one of the main traits of heroism. The flaw with Baba being a hero is that he does most of it for his personal reputation, not other people, which is why Amir is the true hero in the story.
One of the biggest displays of heroism is when he goes back to Afghanistan, which is filled with war, from America, which shows selflessness. Amir’s whole reason to go to Afghanistan is to save Sohrab, Hassan’s son. Amir could just be doing this solely because of the guilt he feels from the rape incident with Hassan when he was a child and feels that he has to do this to redeem himself for not saving Hassan, but instead saves his child years later. This is still heroism, even if it is out of guilt. These actions setup Amir to be a heroic figure in this book, and later in the novel his heroism gets even more backed up and confirmed.