“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” Sonia Johnson One determined person can make a significant difference. A small group of determined people can change the course of history. This is a very radical idea that Sonia Johnson brings up. Many people would disagree with both of these statements, yet she presents it as fact. Almost as if she knows it to be true. A truth one must never forget. This quote is demonstrated flawlessly by the events of the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and with the idea behind the poem First They Came For by Martin Niemöller. Without a doubt there will be numerous obstacles to overcome on the path to success; however an indivual or a small group of people both have the capability to cause change. Individual responsibility is each person deciding whether or not to act in any circumstance. This is a major theme in both The Kite Runner and in First They Came For as the narrator in both must make crucial decisions on whether or not to risk their lives to stand up for others. In First They Came For, the narrator doesn’t stand up for anyone, which in turn left no one to stand up for him. This is a cowardly way to behave and The Kite Runner is the opposite. “... [Amir] realized something: [Amir] would not leave Afghanistan without finding Sohrab.”P268. Amir needed to avenge his and Baba’s past wrongdoings, and by doing so he would end the guilt that had plagued him ever since he witnessed Hassan’s rape. Amir was determined to find Sohrab and would stop at nothing to find him. “There are those in my circle who believe that abandoning watan when it needs you the most is the same as treason. [Assef] could have [Amir] arrested for treason, have [Amir] shot for it even. Does that frighten [Amir]? [Amir is] only here for [Sohrab]” P291. Amir risks his life to save Sohrabs, and Amir brings...
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