Self Sacrifice In The Kite Runner

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If someone had the chance to save your life when you were in need, how would you feel if they decided to continue walking past you? A boy in The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, starts out being selfish but later on realizes it is very important to take care of someone else when they are in need. In the article, “Good samaritan save man being mauled by pit bulls,” a selfless man saved a complete stranger from being killed by pit bulls. The “Parable of a good samaritan” describes how someone saves a traveling mans life with his generous mercy. In society, people should be responsible for one another and take care of one another. People aren’t here to purely take care of themselves.

Within Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, one witnesses a tremendous act of self sacrifice. During a kite competition Hassan retrieves a kite to bring back to his friend, Amir. However, while running back to Amir, he is cornered by Assef, town bully, and his lackeys. Assef gives Hassan an option to give up the kite and be let loose, or keep the kite and be raped. Hassan’s self sacrifice is letting himself be raped for his friend. It was important for Hassan to keep the kite because Amir is trying to please his father who has neglected Amir. Getting the kite from the competition is the real grand prize and it would please Amir’s father. Amir sees Hassan being raped, but doesn’t do anything because of his cowardice. Hassan and Amir notice each-other at one point. That is when Amir knows he has lost his relationship with Hassan. Amir goes on to say, “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan(sacrifice) was the price I had...

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...ed a man being mauled by dogs, risked his safety to insure the safety of the victim. This scenario bears a similarity to that within the “Parable of the Good Samaritan.” The mission behind the parable is to instill in common people, the desire to help those in need. If related to modern times, one can compare this thought process to the good samaritans of the 9/11 world trade center attack. Many firemen and police officials rushed into the collapsing buildings in order to save anyone they could find. In doing so, many of those samaritans lost their lives, but many more lives were saved by their selfless actions. Had it not been for those rescuers, many more lives would have been lost. In everyday life, we will come across a situations where tough choices will be made. In this case, we need to “take a moral high road” and choose to help and not be a bystander.
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