How does Khlaed Hosseini uses courage in The Kite Runner?One quote has stuck out to me it's on page 165, "Courage was just one of them". He leaves out all of the other elements that Amir does not...

How does Khlaed Hosseini uses courage in The Kite Runner?

One quote has stuck out to me it's on page 165, "Courage was just one of them". He leaves out all of the other elements that Amir does not have and just uses courage, why. Here Soraya just finished telling him her past.

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Hosseini seems to use courage as a trait that everyone but Amir is able to achieve. Amir's own cowardice and his sins against Hassan haunt him throughout the novel, and everywhere he looks he sees signs of other people's courage. Father Baba is heroic in many ways, from his fighting with the bear to his defense against the rape by the Russian soldier on their flight from Afghanistan to his battle with cancer. Hassan stands up for Amir constantly as a youth, culminating in his solitary stand against Assef and his boys for the right to own the kite and his silent refusal to blame Amir for the planted gifts found under his mattress. Ali shows an honorable sense of independence when he chooses to leave Baba's household rather than remain in disgrace. Soraya's courage is evident to Amir since she is willing to endure the gossip surrounding her previous personal secrets. Soraya's father is a famous general, ready to return to Afghanistan and resume his military duties. Even little Sohrab is forced to defend Amir during his fight with Assef.

Amir's talents are many: He has graduated from college, become a successful writer, and provided financial security for his new wife. But it is courage he seeks most, knowing it is essential for the redemption he desires to clear his conscience of his past indiscretions. He finally achieves this goal when he returns to Afghanistan and locates Sohrab, and it is during his fight with Assef that he realizes he is finally free from his guilt.

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

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