Scapegoat Archetype Julissa rodriguez

In the novel "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini the scapegoat archetype is a big role. Scapegoat is a person bearing the blame for others, which Amir does a lot through the novel. By lying all the time to save his own behind, even if he seen Hassan get sexually assaulted, hiding his true feelings for him, and blaming Hassan for taking things he never really took. As long as Amir was okay, he didn't care what Hassan had to go through.

Throughout the novel Amir lies about seeing Hassan getting sexually assualted by Assef. Amir had left a loyal friend to be raped in a alley. "I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason i was running, was that Assef was right! Nothing was free in this world."[pg.77] Amir had the guts to watch what unfolded in front of him, and then just ran without looking back. 'Where were you? I looked for you."[pg.78] Before Amir left the valley he had seen Hassan's face reminding him of an innocent lamb. Amir tried getting those thoughts of the valley out of his head, but when he seen Hassan he couldn't help but remember. Amir was happy Hassan couldn't see his face because if he could, then his own eyes would betray him. In that very moment Amir had lied to Hassan, trying to say he only went for the kite and seen nothing else basically. He let Hassan go through stuff by himself. " He knew i'd seen everything in that alley, that I'd stood there and done nothing."[105]
As the story goes on Amir can't admit his true feelings for Hassan. He states he would do anything for Hassan, but soon the facade stops when his is talking to himself. He knows what he would and wouldn't do for Hassan. "And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too."[pg.55] Amir knew he wouldn't do much for Hassan, the way Hassan does for him. But Hassan being himself fell for every word that came out of Amir's mouth, because he believed they were close enough friends. "Would you ever ask me to do such a thing, Amir agha?... he'd toy with me, test my integrity...I wish i hadn't started this conversation."[pg54-55] Amir believed that he could test Hassan's loyalty to do anything for him. While Amir wouldn't eat dirt if Hassan asked him to, because Amir was an upper class and Hassan was nothing but a servant boy. He wasn't being true to his statement like Hassan was. He lied right to Hassan's face even with the sincere look upon his face.
Toward the end of the book Amir lets Hassan take the blame for supposedly taking a watch and money. Amir wanted Hassan gone because he believed with him gone that Baba would finally give him the attention he's always wanted. So he thought by framing Hassan and his dad Baba would make them leave. "Did you steal that money? Did you steal Amir's watch, Hassan?...Hassan's reply was a single word.. yes. i flinched, like I'd been slapped. This was Hassan's final lie for me."[pg.105] He realized what he had done, he knew Hassan would have taken the blame, and that's exactly what he wanted. Although he didn't expect it to feel like that. " If he said no, Baba would believe him.. Hassan never lied.. if Baba believed him I would be accused...Baba would never forgive me." If Hassan wasn't a great friend he would have said no and let Amir take the fall.

Amir lied continuously resulting in him feeling guilty for his past actions. Which is why the scapegoat archetype made a big role into the " The Kite Runner." Without the scapegoat Amir would have got a different ending and probably wouldn't have been redeemed.


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