Examples Of Ambition In The Kite Runner

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Sam Hughes
English 10
April 6, 2023
How Ambition is not Singularly Beneficial in the Kite Runner
“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” This Cottingham quote procures that when the definition of ambition is contemplated, it is almost impossible to not think of it as majorly positive. There is no blame to be put forth for that either as ambition is typically seen as a positive trait in the eyes of most. Myriads of different situations and objects can affect a person’s motivation or ambitious state. Whether it be ambition or something else, Hosseini’s Kite Runner shows what motivates the narrator’s actions and emotions, both positively and negatively.
Ambition is complicated. On one hand, it is the fuel that prompts people …show more content…

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