Who helps Amir develop heroic qualities in The Kite Runner and how?I need at least 3 scenes where Amir gets inspired/helped from other characters that eventually leads him to becoming a hero. And...

Who helps Amir develop heroic qualities in The Kite Runner and how?

I need at least 3 scenes where Amir gets inspired/helped from other characters that eventually leads him to becoming a hero. And how are they significant for Amir becoming a coward to a hero

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Amir sees heroic qualities in nearly everyone around him but himself. He has grown up hearing stories about Baba's achievements and he witnesses a true act of heroism during their flight from Kabul. When a Russian soldier at a checkpoint demands sex from one of the women as a "tax" for allowing them to pass, Baba objects.

     "Tell him I'll take a thousand of his bullets before I let this indecency take place," Baba said.

It is here where Amir expects to see Baba die.

     Do you always have to be the hero? I thought, my heart fluttering. Can't you just let it go for once?

But Baba's resistance forces the Russian to back down, and after the group has passed the checkpoint,

... the young woman's husband stood and did something I'd seen many others do before him: He kissed Baba's hand.

Amir had seen Hassan's heroic nature many times before, and Baba had secretly witnessed it as well. During the boys' first confrontation with Assef, Hassan threatens Assef with a slingshot, and Assef backs down. After Assef and his friends corner Hassan and demand that he give them the kite, Hassan refuses, preferring to take the humiliating punishment rather than give up the prized kite. Amir sees it all, but does nothing.

     In the end, I ran.
     I ran because I was a coward.

Many years later, Hassan's son shows the courage that he has inherited from his father. Amir is already in the midst of his most heroic act--fighting Assef for the right to return home with Sohrab--and the beating he is taking appears to be a fatal one before his nephew steps in. They make good their escape, and Amir later acknowledges Sohrab's daring when he tells him that

"I owe you thanks... You saved my life."

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