How is Amir the true hero rather than Hassan in The Kite Runner?

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The short answer is that he's not. Amir is the protagonist of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, but he certainly does not portray the most heroic characteristics. The reason why Amir is the "hero," is that it's more interesting for a reader to follow a flawed character than a great one. When we read a book, we mostly do it out of a desire to go along with someone on a journey. As a result, protagonists are often people who are missing something, which in Amir's case is confidence and redemption.

When you compare the two characters, Hassan absolutely comes off better and more suitable to be the...

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Amir is seen as being the true heroe since he is portrayed as the main character and putting his life at risk at the end so that he could redeem himself because of all the guilt he had been facing for so many years, we tend to have to feel sorry for Amir and see his action of redemption as being 'heroic'; where as in actual fact Hassan is actually the true heroe since he had such courage to stand up for his friend at such a young age.

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