Amir deserves to be regarded as a hero in The Kite Runner. Present valid arguments to support your choice.I need to write a 5 pagraph essay so I need 3 main points for each body and lots of...

Amir deserves to be regarded as a hero in The Kite Runner. Present valid arguments to support your choice.

I need to write a 5 pagraph essay so I need 3 main points for each body and lots of supporting details and quotes. Thanks.

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I'm not sure that Baba ever thought of his son as a person capable of heroism, but Amir does display traits of bravery following his father's death. Even before Baba had died, Amir summoned the courage to seek Soraya's hand in marriage. He nobly overlooked her own past indiscretions:

     I envied her. Her secret was out... I suspected that there were many ways in which Soraya Taheri was a better person than me. Courage was just one of them.

But Amir soon displayed a courage that even he could not have suspected. When he was summoned by Rahim Khan to return to Pakistan to see him--that "There is a way to be good again"--Amir began a series of heroic adventures that would have made Baba proud. Travelling back into Afghanistan was in itself a dangerous journey. Forced to travel incognito, Amir found himself in danger at every turn. With the threat of being discovered by the Taliban ever-present, Amir discovered the possible whereabouts of Sohrab at the orphanage. He attended the soccer match and its gruesome halftime display of executions. He arranged to meet with a Taliban official, and then he boldly walked into his old home to bargain for the life of Sohrab. Discovering that Assef was the Taliban chieftain holding his nephew, Amir agreed to fight Assef for the right to take Sohrab to safety--never having used his fists before, and knowing that Assef's brass knuckles might mean his own death. He laughed at his old enemy during the beating, finally realizing that

I felt at peace... My body was broken... but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed.

After securing Sohrab, Amir endured recuperation in a hospital, knowing that the Taliban were still searching for him. He bravely battled the bureaucratic red tape necessary to take Sohrab back to America, and then stood by his nephew after Sohrab attempts suicide. Once back in California, Amir stands up to the general, warning him never to insult Sohrab again.

     "And one more thing, General Sahib," I said. "You will never again refer to him as 'Hazara boy' in my presence. He has a name and it's Sohrab."

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