The Kite Runner Amir Character Analysis

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In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, the main character, Amir, is faced with the terrible tragedy of watching his best friend, Hassan, get raped. Since then he is faced with the never ending conflict of guilt. He regrets not helping his best friend and wants to find redemption. Amir took on many changes as a result of the conflict such as becoming mature and brave. In the beginning of the novel, Amir is juvenile and cowardly in many ways. For example, sometimes he talks Hassan "into firing walnuts with his slingshot at the neighbors one-eyed German Shepherd"(3). This quote shows that as a child, Amir often instigated trouble and was immature. Amir is also cowardly by not saving Hassan while he is getting rapped. " I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who i was going to be. I could step into the alley, stand up for Hassan-the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past-and accept…show more content…
This causes him to want to change and become a better person. He becomes more mature and brave. For example, "...when a man named Kabir, a former Afghan ambassador to Sofia, called and asked if I wanted to help him with a hospital project, I said yes."(363). Amir couldn't resist the offer that Kabir made to become part of the hospital project because he needed something to get his mind off the guilt. He has grown up as an adult and as a best friend too. After Assef and Amir had been fighting, Amir says, "I don't know if I gave Assef a good fight. I don't think i did. How could I have. That was the first time I'd fought anyone. i had never so much as thrown a punch in my entire life."(288) This quote shows that he is never the one to stand up for anyone and fight. Amir has never fought before. At this time in his life, he was able to form the confidence to become brave and stand up for something that he wanted to do a long time ago which is get back at

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