Hester Prynne, the wearer of the scarlet letter, conveys a couple of different ways in which guilt can affect individual’s lives for worse and for better. Depending on the emotional depth of the sin and how it affects the society, one of the worst results of sin is the feeling of being an outcast. “Much of the marble coldness of Hester’s impression was to be attributed to the circumstance that her life had turned, in a great measure, from passion and feeling, to thought. Standing alone in the world,–alone, as to any dependence on society, and with little Pearl to be guided and protected,–alone, and hopeless of retrieving her position, even has she not scorned to consider it desirable,–she cast away the fragments of a broken chain.” (Hawthorne 112) In this quote, Hawthorne describes Hester’s emotions of desertion and the ignominy of being alone. For Hester, these sentiments reach a point to where they are almost unbearable. After some time passes, she realizes that in order for her life to continue on, she needs to change the way she is living. “She wanted–what some people want throughout life–a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanize and mak...
Guilt is defined as a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime or wrong committed. Guilt is a major theme in the novel Fifth Business. Dunny has been raised in a strict Presbyterian household which has encouraged him to feel guilt about many minor things. Even though Paul was not born at the time of the snowball incident, Paul Dempster still feels guilty towards his mothers simple mindedness. Percy Boyd Stautons repressed guilt does considerable damage and ultimately recoils on himself. In Fifth Business many characters feel guilt due to the snowball incident.
Dempster's situation, his isolation is rooted in his guilt of being obsessed with caring for her. Dunstan is wanting to have a relationship with Leola, however his life has become completely devoted to Mrs. Dempster. Dunstan expresses his frustration with his life when he says, “Mrs. Dempster was beginning to fill my whole life, and the stranger her conduct became, and the more the village pitied and dismissed her, the worse my obsession grew” (Davies 30). Dunstan is expressing that because of his enormous guilt, it results in much of his life being dedicated to Mrs. Dempster. As people become more annoyed with her behaviour, Dunstan is feeling increasing amounts of guilt. By alleviating some of her problems it might help with the amount of guilt he feels for letting her get hit by the snowball. In the early days, looking after Mrs. Dempster starts out as a chore for Dunstan, but it eventually becomes an obligations as he feels it is his responsibility for her situation. Dunstan sacrifices his youth in order to care and take on the responsibility to “make right” of what state Mrs. Dempster is in. Consequently, the root of guilt causes isolation in both Hamlet and Dunstan’s life even though they were not responsible for what originally
Guilt has the potential to crumble even the most powerful of people. The Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth reveals the consequence of immoral action: guilt. William Shakespeare portrays the idea that the downfall of one may transpire as a result of this regret. Throughout the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are negatively affected as they are overwhelmed by realization that they have violated their moral standards; this causes them guilt. The two attempt to conceal the remorse they experience but, despite this, their misdeeds take their toll. The affects most prominent throughout the play are the development of depression, paranoia, and emotional detachment. Ultimately, it becomes obvious that guilt is capable of bringing ruin to any individual.
Historical fiction shapes a plot and characters on real events, settings, and people that happened in the past. Y.S. Lee’s The Agency, is an example of historical fiction which is based in the Victorian era. In the text, a female detective agency exists whose goal is to expose the scandalous secrets of some of the wealthiest in Britain. The plot is created through combining historical facts with fiction which makes it believable for the reader. Beginning with examining the narrator is crucial for beginning the analysis of this novel. The narrator, along with the principle characters, have a contemporary view on the world which makes it simplistic for the reader to comprehend. The Agency requires the reader to think critically about what would happen if a non-english female detective existed in the Victorian era. How the reader interprets this novel is affected by their own life experiences. Historical detail in Y.S. Lee’s The Agency generates a believable plot line that is simplistic for a reader to understand and makes the reader analyze and think critically about the Victorian era of Britain.
Guilt is a powerful word that takes over one’s life until the source of the pain is relieved. Guilt builds up inside of a person, and causes major damage to oneself. One is only able to contemplate how to eliminate its misery. Its origin stems from the fact that someone else suffers due to the actions for which one is responsible for. The actions can either be ones that an individual committed or ones that they thought about but have not followed through with. An example of guilt in Hamlet, is when Hamlet creates the mousetrap play to expose Claudius for being guilty of killing his father. Claudius cutoffs the play in order to pray for forgiveness in his room and plead his guilt for his action of murdering his brother so that he could take
Guilt, shame, and humiliation are just a few emotions that are often connected with a great act of sin. One great act of sin can have an effect many any lives. In Nathaniel hawthorne’s novel, The scarlett Letter, Hawthorne shows us ways one sin,can have an effect on many lives. Hawthorne teaches this lesson through, Hester Prynne and how her one “moment of weakness”, which was considered as a siin affected three main characters: Robert Chillingworth, Pearl Prynne and Minister Dimmesdale. These characters go through their lives struggling to cope with their shame, guklt, and sadness, brought by Hester’s sinful actions. Over the course of the novel, we watch how Hester’s sin affected many people in her life; it changed and damaged her long-lost husband Chillingwotrh, it physically and emotionally ruined her lover Dimmesdale and affected Pearl’s childhood
This is also ironic because it is later seen that many of the same people who mistrust her are also guilty of sins and possibly could have been in the same position had they not hidden theirs. Later, the letter begins giving Hester a “sympathetic throb” when she comes near some people, especially ministers and magistrates, as if they have done things just as wretched as Hester has, if not worse. (Hawthorne 39). Hester’s letter is telling her that even the town’s leaders are hypocrites, just as guilty of sin as herself and everyone else in town despite their act of being so high above all them. This instance conforms to the Romantic idea of civilization being corrupt and impure extremely well. As the story progresses, Dimmesdale feels more and more guilt but because the town in a way idolizes him and he is a coward; he cannot confess to anything to them in this state so the feeling takes a large toll on his health as he deteriorates away. His sickness, and eventual death, is entirely caused by their society’s strict ideas of being clean, untainted, and the concealment of his sin. His downfall highlights how important it is that he should have come forth and revealed the
A article published by Thomas Bartlett “what cost Chris Dussold his dream job?” Bartlett examine Chris Dussold who is a professor at southern Illinois University at Evansville. Bartlett explains the professor was fired for copying another professors teaching statement. Dussold claims that was not the real reason to why he was fired. He believes it was a rumor saying he had slept with a undergraduate, a rumor supposing to be false according to both Mr. Dussold and university investigation. Now he’s on a mission to restore his reputation.
Hester and Dimmesdale's adultery caused much grief and torment to both them and Hester's husband, Chillingworth. From beginning to end, guilt transformed these characters. Nathaniel Hawthorne thoroughly developed the main