Guilt Alayna May 7th

Guilt is like a kite being held down by thousands of pounds of rocks. In this historically fictional novel, called the The Kite Runner written by Khalid Hossieni, Amir witnesses a terrible deed being done to his friend, Hassan, and throughout this compelling story we see Amir being torn apart by regret for what he did, or shall I say what he didn't do. Hossieni develops the scapegoat archetype through the main character's feeling of remorse.

Amir blames himself for too scared to stick up for his Hassan when he needed him the most. Such as when Amir went to go looking for Hassan to retrieve his kite from him, when he witnesses the unspeakable act that was being to Hassan. Amir was in shock when stumbled upon this so, "I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of what Assef would do to me." This conveys that Amir was in so much fear of his safety to stand up for his best friend. It is because of this lack of action taking that he is angry with himself throughout the book.
Amir's in capability to be courageous enough to save Hassan from a terrible fate caused for him to be in shame. For instance, after the party in Jalalabad, everyone was asleep except for Amir, who was wide awake, and he cofesses to no one in particular what he had done and then thinks back to Hassan's dream at the kite tournament and Amir thinks to himself, "There was a monster in the lake. It had grabbed Hassan by the ankles, dragged him to the murky bottom. I was that monster." This that Amir believes that he is the beast that Hassan was so afraid of because he was pulling him down in life and Amir also thinks that he is causing him unnecessary pain.
Even years later Amir still feels responsible for Hassan's tragedy. For example, when Amir just found out that Hassan had been executed he dreamed of, "The rifle roars with a deafening crack. I follow the barrel on its upward are. I see the face behind the plume of smoke swirling from the muzzle. I am the man in the herringbone vest." This demonstrates that Amir feels like he pulled the trigger that had ended Hassan's life, he felt as if he had been the reason that he had been there and died in the first place.

Even years later Amir still feels responsible for Hassan's tragedy. For example, when Amir just found out that Hassan had been executed he dreamed of, "The rifle roars with a deafening crack. I follow the barrel on its upward are. I see the face behind the plume of smoke swirling from the muzzle. I am the man in the herringbone vest." This demonstrates that Amir feels like he pulled the trigger that had ended Hassan's life, he felt as if he had been the reason that he had been there and died in the first place.

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