The Scapegoat Archetype By: shelby radant

Have you ever made a mistake that has ruined your entire life? In the fictional story "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hoseini, he develops the scapegoat archetype throughout the novel by making Hassan and Sohrab help Amir. Hassan is the scapegoat because he is loyal to Amir, and he always takes the hit for Amir. Sohrab is seen as the second scapegoat, because in the end he tries to save Amir.

Hassan was the scapegoat, because he's always loyal to Amir no matter the circumstances. The boys were such good friends even though there was an obvious class difference between them. When they would play in the tree in the front yard Amir would get Hassan to use his sling shot to hit the neighbors. He never wanted to, but he would never deny Amir. "Hassan never wanted to, but if i asked, really asked, he would never deny me." Hassan always did what Amir wanted to, even if it was harmful for him. "Hassan come back with it." Amir made Hassan go get the kite, knowing that hazara people are seen as the lesser afghan people. Going to get the kite is what made Hassan get raped. He was being loyal to Amir by doing what he was told, and that ended up getting him hurt.

Hassan is the scapegoat, because he always takes the hit for Amir. Everything that Hassan does is for Amir. He will do anything for the boy who betrayed him the most. Hassan knew that he didnt steal the watch or the money, but he lied to Baba, because he knew it was what Amir wanted. "Did you steal that money? Did you steal Amir's watch, Hassan?"[...] "yes." When Hassan knew that he didn't steal the presents that Amir got for his birthday, he still lied to help Amir. Knowing that there was a chance that he would get in trouble he did what he thought was best for the one he loved the most, Amir. When Assef was bothering the two boys, instead of Amir standing up for the both of them Hassan did. "Please leave us alone, Agha." Although there was a less chance of Amir getting hurt by Assef he was stil too cowardly to stand up. Without a second though he stood up for the both of them and made sure that neither one of them got hurt. He always made sure that Amir was safe even when it was harmful for himself.

The scapegoat switched to Sohrab towards the end of the book, because it was him who ended up saving Amir from all the pain, mistakes, and guilt he had caused/felt. Sohrab saved Amir by showing him a way to redeem himself for all his wrong doings. "Would you like to come live in America with me and my wife?" By saying this Amir is telling Sohrab that he is willing to take him in as his own, and protect him from the unfortunate mishaps that have gone on in his life since his parents have died. Amir believes that taking in Sorhab will some how free him from all of the mistakes and take away the guilt he has. "He said nothing for a long time. Then his hand squeezed mine back. And he nodded." Amir will finally have some relief from all the mistakes he has made, because he will have a nephew that he loves, and will make up for everything he has messed up on.

Hoseini develops the scapegoat archetype throughout the novel by making the father and son help Amir. Hassan is the scapegoat because he will always take the fall for him, and because he's faithful. Sohrab is seen as the second scapegoat, because in the end he tries to save Amir.


Created with images by DVIDSHUB - "ANCOP: the new face of security to Kandahar Province's Zhari District [Image 16 of 28]" • Carl Montgomery - "Lake Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan" • The U.S. Army - "Making friends" • Yoshikazu TAKADA - "Flying a Kite" • pKolari - "Wilderness" • a4blank - "The Kite Runner"

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