Scapegoat Matthew Skinner - 4th

Many stories involving social class creates the scapegoat generally from one of the lower classes. In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, he creates strong bonds between his characters and, through various hardships, pushes them to far extents. Hosseini developed a few scapegoats through Hassan's and Ali's actions, and Sohrab's inherited social reputation.

Hassan's admiration, loyalty, and love for Amir drove him to take the blame for his actions. He and Amir grew up together and Hassan admired Amir, enough to be blamed for Amir's petty plans. He loved Amir so much that he "never told on" him even though it "was always [his] idea"(4). Hassan's love for Amir was so great that he even took the blame for theft. He stayed loyal to Amir regardless that he knew he had betrayed him."Yet he was rescuing [Amir] once again''(105) because Hassan didn't want to upset him.Soon enough, Hassan's loyalty and love gave Amir many regrets.

With Ali's kind nature, he allowed himself to carry the blame of other. Because of Ali's love for his son, he burdened himself with Amir's lie.Ali knew about what happened and why Amir was accusing Hassan for theft. Ali kept the secret for Amir's and Hassan's sake, instead telling Baba "life [t]here [was] impossible for [them] now"(106). Just like their sons, Baba and Ali grew up together and Ali didn't want to see Baba torn down by a minor mistake he had made. Ali could see that Baba's mistake "was a shameful situation"(223) and he let Baba use him as a cover up for it. He took the burdens set upon him and didn't tell anyone his entire life.

Sohrab's ancestral origins, as Afghani and Shia Muslim, burdens him with the disapproval of others and he is labled a helpless. Because he is a Hazara, General Taheri asks Amir the reason he brought Sohrab back with him. The general is worried about other's perception of his family, so he questioned Amir about "why there is a Hazara boy is living with"(360) him and their daughter. Sohrab is also labled as helpless because of being an Afghani. During his meeting with the INS worker at the American embassy, Amir is told "give it up [that his] petition to adopt [Sohrab]"(330) was pointless, because it was "just about impossible"(331). After time and more blame, Sohrab finally breaks a cycle of scapegoating by attepting to take his life.

Without Hassan, Ali, and Sohrab becoming scapegoats, no one would have moved on and lived their own life. Hosseini's development of the scapegoats in his novel shows that blaming someone or not, time goes on, but some situations with another being scapegoated may turn out differently that expected.

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