Athe Power Of Guilt Essay

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THE POWER OF GUILT Guilt is a common theme used in many stories. It is used to add meaning to the story and to help make it more interesting. Guilt is a feeling of remorse felt after committing something wrong. In the short stories we have been reading lately, it has been the main theme and it does a great job in making the stories more interesting. Throughout the year, we have analyzed many short stories. “The Ministers Black Veil” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” are both great examples of stories that incorporate the theme of guilt. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe include guilt as the main theme in their stories. They use different literary elements to enhance their writings and help reveal the central theme of guilt. In “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Mr. Hooper, a minister, is always found with a black veil covering his face. One can conclude that the reason for wearing the veil is to hide a secret sin that causes him to feel guilty of. All of the church members are convinced that his reason for wearing the black veil is to hide his guilt. This causes these people to question themselves and realize that even people like themselves have committed such a sin that causes them to feel guilty. Throughout the story, the author implies that even though every person doesn’t cover their face with a veil, everyone is guilty of something. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” a man names Roderick Usher buries his sister alive. Many mental problems create conflict between Usher and himself. This conflict is called man versus himself. This conflict eventually turns to guilt, which is the theme of this story also. As the days pass, he begins to hear his sister in her coffin. He becomes very sensitive and his senses heighten. He feels guilty for burying his sister. His sister escapes her coffin and

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