How Characters in Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" establish rich lives.

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What must one do to live a good life? Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner”, believes that in order to achieve a well-lived life, one must be selfless and willing to sacrifice for the good of others. In Hosseini’s novel, “The Kite Runner”, three significant characters, Baba, Hassan and Amir do just that and live their lives as best as they possibly can by learning to help those around them instead of focusing selfishly on their own individual needs and desires. Firstly, the narrator’s father, Baba, lived an undoubtedly good life up until he died of lung cancer. Baba, would honorably lay down his life for a stranger if it meant doing the proper thing. For instance, Baba courageously stands up to a Russian soldier when he demands to have his way with a young Afghani mother, “Tell him I’ll take a thousand bullets before I let this indecency take place,” (page 116). Additionally, Baba’s selflessness was evident in his actions while he and Amir still lived in Afghanistan. These projects included building an outstanding orphanage and also several small acts of kindness to many people. For example, at Baba’s funeral, Amir was greeted with many reminders of Baba’s acts of kindness, “…helped me build the house in Taimani…”, “…no one else to turn to and he lent me…”, “…found me a job…barely knew me…” (page 174). Although Baba was a man who gave charity, he was much too proud to except it; he was always willing and ready to work for everything that would find a place in his life. This is evident in his response to the offer of food stamps, “I work always. In Afghanistan I work, in America I work. Thank you very much, Mrs. Dobbins, but I don’t like it free money.” (page 130). Through Baba’s actions and responses to situations it is clear that he was a selfless man, always willing to put extra effort forth to get the most out of life, and allow everyone else

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