The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Both Amir and Holden grow and change over the course of their journeys in The Kite Runner and The Catcher in the Rye, but whereas the courage and inner peace that Amir gains enable him to come to peace with his past, Holden’s slow growing, understanding of people and maturity do not specifically result in any colossal changes in his life ; unlike Hosseini, who suggests heroism is something you gain through redeeming yourself and having peace with the past, Salinger suggests that heroism is not about the end point where you finally accomplish greatness, but along the journey where you ameliorate yourself. In the beginning Amir is a coward who cant defend himself and through out the book this begins to change and finally he fully…show more content…
Amir admits that he probably costed Hassan the chance to have what he has in America. However, Amir finally is at peace with his past and at this point is willing to give up everything, if it means transforming into a courageous hero. This shows how Hosseini thinks that heroes must reach a point where they have to go all in and “risk it for the biscuit” to achieve glory. This is unlike Salinger who believes that through subtle changes you can be also be a hero. While comparing The Kite Runner to The Catcher in the Rye, I notice how Hosseini portrays heroism as something either absolute, or not at all. In other words, Hosseini seems to describe heroism as either being totally changed into a hero, or not being a hero at all. It is more clear cut the ideas Hosseini has on heroism. Salinger on the other hand somewhat describes heroism as something not entirely definite. Salinger sees a hero as someone who doesn’t know his outcome or even realizes that he is a hero, but someone who has changed even just a tiny bit as a person. He doesn’t believe that when you finally conquer your fears or change dramatically as a person is when you are the hero. It is along the journey where you change as a person for the better. One clear example of this is how Holden reacts to people. Holden has trouble understanding people and why they do things. He can also take drastic measure to make sure that he leaves places

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