Damning Guilt Essays

  • Guilt in The Scarlet Letter, Red Badge of Courage, and The Crucible

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    Guilt in The Scarlet Letter, Red Badge of Courage, and The Crucible Human beings have certain feelings.  The person at fault may feel guilty after the incident happens.  A feeling of guilt is the recognition of wrong doing, and the wish that the consequences of the action could be changed.  In The Scarlet Letter, Red Badge of Courage, and The Crucible, the main characters all have feelings of guilt as a result of what they have done.  Life on it's own can also bring such

  • Sin, Guilt, and the Mind of Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Sin, Guilt, and the Mind of Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne's works are notable for their treatment of guilt and the complexities of moral choices. "Moral and religious concerns, in short, are almost always present in Hawthorne's work"(Foster, 56). Given Hawthorne's background, it is not a stretch of the imagination to say that his novels are critiques of Puritanism. Hawthorne lived in the deeply scarred New England area, separated from Puritanism by only one generation. His grandfather

  • It's Time to Sin More, and Hate Less

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    definition of it. Even in the year 2000, we struggle with the concept of sin. In a world where 6-year olds sell cocaine so they can make money, we know not where to assign blame or when to feel guilt or how to resolve all the strife and hate and violence. Perhaps this is because we can't assign blame or feel guilt; we need instead to embrace, forgive, and love. We must recognize that if we don't blame the migrant farm workers in the novel who steal, we can't blame inner-city youths who sell drugs

  • The Importance of Claudius' Guilt in Shakespeare's Hamlet

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    The Importance of Claudius' Guilt in Hamlet In the first three acts of the play Hamlet, King Claudius go through a subtle, but defined change in character.  Claudius role in the play begins as the newly corrinated king of Denmark.  The former king, King Hamlet, was poisoned by his brother, Claudius, while he was asleep.  Claudius, however, made it known to everyone that the king died of a snakebite in the garden, and thus no one knew of the murder that had just taken place making his murder

  • Trapped by Guilt in James Joyce's Eveline from Dubliners

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    Eveline:  Trapped by Guilt The story "Eveline," by James Joyce is one of indescribable loyalty and extreme choices. Two themes dominate the story: everything good must end, and it is the victim of abuse that often feels guilt. The guilt that Eveline feels forces her to make choices that trap her into a pitiful existence. The setting of "Eveline"  is a typical Irish town. Eveline’s mother is dead and her father, though living, has a less than stellar character. He is abusive towards her two

  • Sheila as the Only Charater Who Knows What the Inspector is Doing

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    introduction to the inspector where she started confidently (the same way the others had, a point mentioned by Sheila [pg 30]) saying ... ... middle of paper ... ...ght existent in the Human Rights. Therefore I can conclude that Sheila shows more guilt, remorse, compassion and sorrow towards the girl Eva Smith than any other character, and it is these feelings that gain her the compassion of the Inspector. At the same time, it could almost be said that they have a sort of link between each other

  • The Use of Force, A Story of Guilt

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    The Use of Force, A Story of Guilt "The Use of Force" by William Carlos Williams is a window into one doctor's guilt over the negligent loss of a child patient. This story focuses on the disillusionment caused by his self-pity and guilt. The doctor's guilt triggers a fanciful illusion of "The Use of Force" that gives him giddy delight in his envisioned torture of the young, beautiful girl. His disgust for her uneducated, immigrant parents and their poor, humble surroundings only heighten

  • The Role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls

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    The Role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls In this essay I will be discussing the role of Inspector Goole in the play ‘An Inspector Calls’. I will be commenting on the effect Inspector Goole has on the other characters around him. I will also be analysing dialogue to see how it helps to motivate the characters around him. I will also analyse and interpret the theme of the play. I will also look closely at how J B Priestley makes good use of historical context. Being set in 1912

  • Rhoda Brook's Diary from The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy

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    Rhoda Brook's Diary from The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy Dear Diary, I am quite alarmed today as when I was milking the cows this morning I overheard some other milkmaids gossiping about my former lover and father of my son and that he is getting married to a woman 'many years his junior'. This is just so typical of him. I know he is only doing this to spite me. He has really embarrassed me. As if I wasn't already the talk of the village even after twelve years since I had my beautiful

  • Act II of Shakespeare's The Tempest: Politics Corrupt

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    In Act II of The Tempest by William Shakespeare, Antonio reveals that politicians are persuasive and corrupt. Through a cleverly worded dialogue between Antonio and Sebastian, Antonio convinces him to kill his brother, the king of Naples, in order to attain the throne. “O” (2.1.252) laments Antonio beginning the passage with an informal introduction. Through this one syllable, Shakespeare uses diction to convey how Antonio views Sebastian as intellectually inferior to him. To reinforce this Shakespeare

  • How Does Shakespeare Show a Change in Lady Macbeth

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    to persuade Macbeth to carry out the murder of Duncan. In the beginning she is ambitious, controlling and strong. However as the plot concludes there is an extreme change in her character and personality which surprises the audience. Lady Macbeth’s guilt eventually becomes too much for her to handle which leads to her death. We are first introduced to Lady Macbeth at the beginning of Act 1, scene 5, through the letter that Macbeth sends her. This shows her to be his, ‘dearest partner of greatness’

  • German Guilt in Bernhard Schlink's The Reader

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    Recently, however, a question has been posed in regards to finding closure with that troubling piece of history from the German conscience. Can one German's experience reflect the tendencies of the entire country with regards to passion, denial, guilt, and finally justice? Absolutely, according to Michael Berg, the main character in Bernhard Schlink?s novel, The Reader. After being hypnotized for two days while I read this very interesting story, I would have to agree. Once I saw the startling

  • Life, Death, & What Dreams May Come

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    positive regard of others that bares no judgment. In a sense, unconditional love has no boundaries. In the film What Dreams May Come, the boundary between life and death fades and a family’s bond is tested. Tragedy by tragedy, unconditional love and guilt play major roles in the defiance of the laws of death. Chris Nielsen, the main character of the film, travels to the depths of the afterlife to find his beloved wife Annie and restore his family. In an epic journey that questions the very fabric of

  • The Power of Fate and Karma in Macbeth

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    Throughout life, many of us will find ourselves in some of the worst situations that leave us wondering who’s to blame. The truth is that the misfortunes that befall us are due to our own actions and sometimes due to fate or bad luck. Fate is one person's destiny and it can not be understood by simple mortals but a greater power beyond human comprehension. Fate is so powerful that it can control a person's outcome on life before it happens. Many people tend to become victims of fate in which they

  • Manipulation in William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

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    Manipulation in William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew In The Taming of the Shrew, the concept of love is a means of emotional manipulation, and manipulation is nothing more than a means of control between men and women. William Shakespeare critiques the patriarchal social structure by ironically employing the manipulative stance Petruchio takes towards winning Katherine as his wife by charming her with words and manipulating her psychologically, and then taming her after their marriage

  • The Difference Between Guilt and Shame

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    guilty for their disobedience or did they feel shame for their nakedness? Guilt and shame has been such closely linked words. Both words express our sorrow in situations or towards people. However, these two words are different in many aspects. Guilt happens when we feel bad about our actions, while shame is when we feel bad about ourselves. This essay will focus on the topic of guilt and the different types of guilt. Guilt is the fact of having committed a specified offence or crime; or a feeling

  • Frankenstein consumed by illness

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    deteriorating physical state whenever he comes into contact with the monster. His physical conditions seem to be directly linked to any confrontation with the monster. It can be seen that Frankenstein subconsciously uses sickness as an escape from his guilt and responsibilities of the monster. Subsequently, illness can be seen as a way for Frankenstein to hide and forget the actions he indirectly committed. Although in reality, illness is not effective because instead of improving Frankenstein's conditions

  • The Autobiographical Nature of The Mesmerizer, by Mark Twain

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    away and commit immoral acts. Twain’s attitude changes from the first half of the story to the last half since it is many years later. But, years later, when he thinks about how much pride he had in his successful crime, he cannot relieve himself of guilt. In fact, he can’t even convince his own mother that he lied. “How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again!” (6). He built his heroism on a lie and now that he tries to tell the truth to his mother, she won’t

  • guilt in macbeth

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    Guilt is an emotion that is felt by all people after they have done something that they know is morally wrong. This emotion can come in various levels and, depending on the intensity of the feeling, can change a person’s character. The theme of Guilt in Macbeth is described and portrayed through the two main characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The feeling of guilt effects the way that these characters act in response to certain situations and problems and will ultimately lead to their death. Shakespeare

  • 12 Angry Men

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    no facts (everyone is human). Juror twelve made me the most upset because he was easily bullied into a different decision every time someone talked; he truly was playing both sides. 2. Name several standards or benchmarks jurors utilized to base guilt or innocence. What influenced using those standards? Juror two, based strictly off of facts, opinions, and the current discussions occurring. The third juror believed he was guilty because of his past experiences with his son, and his emotions were