The Kite Runner

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Fight or Flight: How to Prevail in the Face of Adversity When faced with a troubling choice there are two instincts every person and animal has. This set of responses are either fight or flight, coming face to face with adversity will cause someone to pick one of the two instincts. Depending on which one you choose determines wether you fail or prevail when put up against a challenge. In Animal Farm and The Kite Runner the main characters show their tough times and how they did or did not over come them. “These are times that try men's souls.” ~Thomas Paine. Firstly, in order to be able to fight and come out on top, there needs to be a plan of action and a leader who is ready to defend its followers. In Animal Farm, the animals want to break away from their owner and run the farm themselves. The only way they could over throw Mr. Jones (who owned the farm) was to band all the animals on the farm together and against Mr. Jones. To be able to succeed on their own they needed to choose some sort of leader. “The …show more content…

In The Kite Runner, when Hassan went to run down the last kite that Amir had cut down he got into trouble with some neighborhood boys. Not giving up the kite Hassan was then sodomized by the boys while Amir watched on. Amir not being sure of himself caused Hassan his fate. Amir goes on to say, “I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan-the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past-and except whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran.” (The Kite Runner, 77). He later goes on to say, “I ran because I was a coward.” (The Kite Runner, 77). This explains that if one is not comfortable with oneself then you should not rely on them to save you. Amir failed Hassan because he couldn't come to terms with

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