How does Hosseini develop the scapegoat archetype throughout the novel? jireh dimas 3rd period

Scapegoats are the reason heroes become what they are. In a drama novel like The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini he uses characters like Hassan to portray how some people always seem to be sticking their necks out for the people that they care about the most. This is why they play such a big part in this novel especially because every person needed someone at one point to take the fall for something they regretted doing.

"But he never told on me. Never told that the mirror, like shooting walnuts at the neighbors dog, was always my idea."(pg.4) Growing up Hassan was always the one that found himself taking the fault for all of Amir's mischief and plans that he seemed to create. When Hassan went through his tragic accident with Assef Amir used the fact that Hassan was Hazara to justify why he didn't step in, even though the real reason was because he was scared. He put the blame on Hassan and basically said that if he hadn't been Hazara maybe that wouldn't have happened to him. "He was just a Hazara, wasn't he?" (pg. 77)

Towards the middle of the novel Hassan is once again used as the scapegoat by Amir. When Amir steals the money and watch and tries to make it seem like Hassan did it by placing it all under his mattress. The reason he does this is because Hassan genuinely cares about Amir and his well being, because of that he would do anything to assure that he didn't get in trouble especially with Baba and knowing how much his approval meant to Amir. "And if Baba believed him, then i'd be the accused; i would have to explain and i would be revealed for what i really was. Baba would never, ever forgive me." (pg. 105) When Baba gets diagnosed with cancer he begins blaming himself for never teaching amir to be the man he wanted him to be, a man like himself. "All those years, that's what i was trying to teach you, how to never have to ask that question."(pg.157) Now Amir has no idea what to do with himself because he had always depended on Baba for everything and now he's going to be switching places with him and he is going to have to play the caregiver to Baba.

"The Talibs said he was a liar and a thief like all the Hazaras and ordered him to get his family out of the house by sundown." (pg.218)The Taliban was accusing Hasaan of lying of where he was staying even though his story checked out by multiple people. Hassan still took the blame and went along with what they were doing to him. Rahim Khan also found himself blaming himself about never telling Amir the truth about the affection Baba had towards Hassan all those years. "Amir jan, i am ashamed for the lies we told you all those years." (pg.301)

The scapegoat archetype Impacted the whole novel because its what caused so many different things to occur. In good ways and bad but in the end it always seemed to turn out for the best. Everyone makes mistakes but most of the tine someone will always be there to pick you back up.

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