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Stephanie Warner English 112 Kim Perkins 22 February 2006 Just a Word or More Meaning Behind It? Have you ever thought about what it would be like if you had a different name? Or if there is a reason why you were called the name you have? What is really in a name? Is it not just a word someone decided to call you at birth, and now you are stuck with whatever name this person decided to call you? Names are very powerful things. There is always some sort of reasoning behind why someone is called a certain name or why authors choose the names of characters in their books. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner , the names of the characters were used for a reason. Amir is the main character in The Kite Runner . In the Arabic language Amir means prince or commander (Campbell). It is interesting Hosseini chose this name for Amir’s character. Throughout the first thirteen chapters Amir is far from princely or commander-like. He is a coward who does not know how to stand up for himself or anyone else. Amir is afraid, weak, and meek. 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’s stood up for me all those times in the past—and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ENG ENG 112 taught by Professor Perkins during the Spring '06 term at Miami University.

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