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Kite Runner Essay

  • Submitted by: zying23
  • on May 11, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 422 words

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Baba shows the quality of courage when he wrests a bear, which is the foundation on which Amir has such appreciation for his father’s accomplishment and display of heroism, which is what causes the jealousy from Amir towards Hassan, because Hassan contains more similar characteristic to Baba than he does. Many of Baba’s secrets are uncovered by the end of the novel, but an instance of foreshadowing is displayed at page (107) “Then I saw Baba do something I had never seen him do before: He cried.” This loss of courage by Baba could have resulted in the endless questioning by Amir to why he cried simply by the departure of a “servant”, although he finally shows his son the significance of “manly tears”. Finally on the way to America Baba displays his final act of heroism after a young Russian soldier demands to have a half hour with an Afghani lady in the truck. “That was when Baba stood up.” (115) This could have resulted with the dead body of Baba, but in the end Baba stands up against the indecency the Russian soldier was about to cause and is then praised and thanked by the young woman and her husband that kisses him on the hand.
Amir also reveals that he has courage as well when he tries to talk to Assef and tells him to leave them alone. He realizes that will not work when Assef brings out his stainless steel brass knuckles.   When Assef starts heading towards them, Hassan makes a daring move for his slingshot, and successfully loads it, and aims it at Assef.   Assef tells Hassan, “Maybe you didn’t notice, but there are three of us and two of you.”(42)   To which Hassan replies, “You are right Agha.   But perhaps you didn’t notice that I’m the one holding the slingshot.   If you make a move, they’ll have to change your nickname from Assef ‘the Ear Eater’ to ‘One Eyed Assef’ because I have this rock pointed at your left eye.”(42)   Hassan shows amazing strength in the face of terrible fear in this scene, and that is the definition of courage.   In this one...

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