“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” This is a well-known quote from the famous professional boxer Muhammad Ali, it means, without courage there would not be any changes in ourselves, this quote have the same idea as the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the book is about a wealthy Pashtun boy name Amir and his servant as well as his constant companion, a Hazara boy name Hassan, their friendship and fate. The book is full of thought-provoking lessons and ideas, among all those ideas one important thing, the reader can learn from the book is about how courage cause leads to changes, this idea has shown over and over again throughout the entire book, it can be seen from the characters’ action and personal though, For instance, Hassan fearlessly protect Amir from bullies, Amir decided to face his past, and how Baba stand up for others. According to all those events, one thing the author wants the reader to understand is people can not cause a change without courage and determination, to make the changes often require to overcome the fear of failure.
To protect someone requires a ton of courage, because there is a possibility that one might fail to protect others and leads to an awful end. In the book The Kite Runner, when Assef is picking on Amir and at the point of fight him, Hassan decided to stand up for Amir and go against Assef. He overcomes his fear and intimidates him. “You are right, Agha. But perhaps you did not 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.” (Hosseini, 45). Hassan stood up for Amir and protects him from getting hurt. He demonstrates his friendship and loyalty is greater than his fear. Aside from that, after the kite tournament, Hassan protect Amir’s kite from getting damage and taking away by Assef, Hassan knows the importance of the kite, so when he was harassing by Assef, he holds the kite tight in his arm and claims Amir and him are friends, “Amir agha and I are friends,” Hassan said.” (Hosseini, 77). After the tragedy, Hassan still holds the kite tight in his arm and pretend nothing happened in front of Amir, since he does not want to lose his precious friend, but he does not know Amir recognized what happened. To draw the conclusion, despite the fact that Hassan is startle, yet he would beat his fear for his friend and something he believes is important to him.
The past is brimming with shameful and regretful moments and to confront the past it need a great amount of courage. What happened to Hassan in Afghanistan is a nightmare to Amir, he tries to forget it when he was young, as he grows older, when he is back to Afghanistan to visit Rahim Khan, he finally decided to face the past, the past he wants to forget. “I don’t want to forget anymore” (263). Everyone is a slave to their past. Notwithstanding how much they wish to go forward, the occasions of a year ago will bear down on them, they will carry it forever in a corner of their heart, waiting for it to resurrect. That is the reason it required a great deal of valor to confront it. In addition, Amir decided to face the truth, overcome his mistake and regretful moment, and when he heard about Hassan’s death, he can not do anything about his death, he regrets and felt ashamed on himself, but he brave up and decided to go find Sohrab. “I was older now, but maybe not yet too old to start doing my own fighting” (239). Amir know he can run from his past all he wants, but it will always follow him, Forever. When he chose to redeem his sins by searching for Sohrab, he obtains the pluck from his friend and family. He became courageousness to do so. It is hard for a person to face its own past. It can make people want to die out of regret and shame, but Amir eventually stand up, face the past and redeem his sins, it makes Amir from a coward who is running away from the past to someone who put his head up and face the reality.
Courage is needed to face someone who is stronger than yourself? No, when you face someone who is stronger than you are courage. When Amir and Baba are in the truck on their way to the border, Baba saw a woman who is being sexually assaulted by the Russian soldier. “That was when Baba stood up. It was my turn to clamp a hand on his thigh, but Baba pried it loose, snatched his leg away. When he stood, he eclipsed the moonlight. “I want you to ask this man something,” Baba said. He said it to Karim, but looked directly at the Russian officer. “Ask him where his shame is” (121). Baba knows those soldiers have guns, and he might be killed, but he still stands up for the women. People are often teriffy by that situation and not willing to stand up for others, when they know they will against someone who is more powerful than themselves, but in this case, Baba decided not to stay quiet and go against the soldiers, which lucky he saves the woman from the soldier and didn’t get hurt. Likewise, Amir decided to stand up for Sohrab like Baba, He became a man who stand up for other, to rescue Sohrab he has to fight Assef to earn him back, first Amir was planning to beg, but it reminds him of Hassan, “I remember how envious I’d been of Hassan’s bravery. Assef had backed down, promise with Hassan. Now it was my turn.” (300). He knows regretting the past forever would not solve anything. That is why he became fearless and goes against Assef. To face someone who is stronger than its own is hard, because people know they might fail or could be in danger, but when they overcome the fear of failure. Become mentally stronger, because of the courage and valor gained after all those difficult situations.
Finally, individuals can not cause a change without bravery and assurance, to roll out the improvements regularly requires overcoming the dread of disappointment and courage is to own the dread itself. In the book The Kite Runner, it perfectly proved protecting others, facing the past, fight someone who is stronger than you requires courage to change what will happen or what has happened already, summers up the factor list above we can draw the conclusion that courage is the most important element in making changes. But at the end one thing the book did not tell us is, what is courage and how to people obtain it?
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