In regards to characters that sacrifice themselves for the good of others, an easy example is Amir’s father, Baba. Baba is considered a very admirable man in the setting and he does much to prove his legendary reputation within the time frame of the novel. An outright e...
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...and not self-sacrifice, giving a wide array of consequences. Amir serves as a way to show that it is possible to move from one end of the spectrum to the other. Jesus said in the bible, “There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends” (John 15:13), and an easy contrast to that made by the novel is “There is no greater sin than to lay down one's friends for one's life.” Whether as small as Wahid giving up some food to treat Amir like a guest, or as significant as Amir abandoning Hassan in his time of need, in The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini teaches that self-sacrifice brings wholeness while sacrificing another brings only guilt.
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Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Toronto: Anchor Canada, 2004. Print.
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