The Kite Runner

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Bettina De Mesa
Mrs. Mo
AP English
23 Sept. 2010
The Kite Runner
“I stopped watching, turned away from the alley.... was running down my wrist. I blinked, saw I was still biting down on my fist, hard enough to draw blood from the knuckles. I realized something else. I was weeping. From just around the corner, I could hear Assef's quick, rhythmic grunts.

I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me. could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me.could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me.I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me.I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to meOr I could run. In the end, I ran.” (Khaled Hosseini 139). These are the words of Amir, a young Afghan living a privileged life in 1960’s Pakistan. This pivotal moment in Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, shows Amir’s cowardice towards helping his Hazara servant, and half-brother, Hassan. Hassan is one of the main protagonists in the story, both ignorant and loyal, his innocent nature contrasts Amir’s petty and envious character. Being a minority in socially conscious Pakistan, Hassan is often discriminated against by the Pashtuns, the higher class members of society. Amir is his best friend and master; this...
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