Kite Runner

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‘It is Hassan rather than Amir who is the true hero of the Kite Runner'

In Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner, the author explores heroism in Hassan and Amir. Although both characters perform acts of heroism, it is Hassan that predominantly displays courage, loyalty and friendship all, which are the qualities that a hero should embody. Moreover, Hassan possesses an innate intelligence, which he shows when Amir reads stories to him.  Lastly, because he belongs to the Hazara ethnic group of Afghanistan he is inevitably discriminated. However in spite of his lower social class status, Hassan preserves his self-dignity as a person. Hosseini portrays Hassan as a genuine hero in which the youth can emulate.

Amir and Hassan seem to have a "best friend" relationship. Hassan is the loyal and protecting servant who would die for Amir, he is very proud and doesn't let his religion get in the way of his happy lifestyle. Amir on the other hand, takes into account that Hassan is a Hazara and rejects him because of this. He also dislikes Hassan for taking his father's love from him. The only heroic thing Amir does, is rescue Sohrab. But is this justifiable for letting Hassan get raped and then forcing him to leave? Is there a break-even point in Amir’s life? I don't think it covers the cost of what he has done.

Hassan's unwavering qualities of loyalty, courage and friendship towards Amir define himself as a true hero and friend.  From their childhood activities in Kabul, their friendship is symbolized by the tree carving “Amir and Hassan, The Sultans of Kabul” and their kite fighting abilities. Even though Assef describes him as a ‘pet’ and tells him that, “Would he Amir do the same for you?” and in response Hassan asserts a positive response that Amir is his true friend. In fact, as Amir’s genuine friend, Hassan always took the blame for him. This is clear when Ali lectures Hassan for shining mirrors onto others which Hassan accepts their fault and does not...
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