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Can Amir be called a hero? How does he (or does he not) fit this role? Chapter 19- 25

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britzee94 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 22, 2009 at 5:12 AM via web

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Can Amir be called a hero? 

How does he (or does he not) fit this role?

Chapter 19- 25

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melissa-ragan | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 23, 2009 at 3:55 AM (Answer #1)

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A hero is a person who displays courage or makes a sacrifice.

Initially, Amir doesn't appear to be a hero. He doesn't defend Hassan when he is being attacked by Assef and his thugs. And, he even convinces his father that Hassan is a thief, causing the boy to be sent away in shame.

However, over time, Amir comes to regret his decisions and  and his inactions.

Amir becomes a hero when he returns Afghanistan and seeks to make amends with Hassan. Amir discovers that Hassan was killed, leaving a son named Sohrab. Facing great danger, Amir travels to Pakistan to get Sohrab. Ironically, Amir discovers that Sohrab is being held by Assef. Amir fights with Assef and takes the boy.

By finally facing Assef, Amir shows himself to be a hero.

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