By: Kyle Persaud Guilt can be defined as a bad feeling caused by knowing, or thinking that you have done something wrong. The book “Crow Lake” written by Mary Lawson focuses heavily on this subject. Throughout the book many characters feel guilty for actions that they have caused; some even feel guilty for actions they have not caused. The three main characters in Crow Lake, Katie, Matt and Luke show guilt many times in the book. Having all this guilt bottled up inside affected many of their relationships, choices, behaviour and socialness.
The past continues to affect the families present and future. Abelard, who had his first experiences with the Fuku when he was ordered to surrender his daughter to Trujillo and refused. Abelard’s life was good before his situation with Trujillo he had his daughters, Lydia, his job. When he refused to bring his daughter to Trujillo he was imprisoned, his writings destroyed, his daughters mysteriously murdered (Jacquelyn found dead at the bottom of a pool, Astrid killed by a stray bullet while praying at church). Such horrendous events occurred after Abelard refused his daughter to Trujillo is it a curse or is it just bad on Abelard part.
Emma Patrick Mrs. Reitz Honors English II 22 November 2010 (Critical Analysis Final Draft) The Unbearable Guilt Guilt is a mental obsession with the idea of having done wrong. Guilt has more control over some people, than it does to others. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, an infinite amount of guilt is expressed. Both Arthur and Hester are forced to cope with their living guilt in different, yet interesting ways. Within Arthur’s coward self lies his guilt, and openly, lies Hester’s guilt.
Amir steals happiness from his father Baba in various ways. Baba’s wife died giving birth to Amir. Amir’s birth killed his mother; he stole Baba of a wife. Baba would have been happier if she was in the picture. Amir also deprives Baba of the son he’s always wanted.
Self Esteem in The Absolute True Diary of A Part Time Indian and Catcher in the Rye Self esteem, when it is lacked it becomes the key ingredient to depression and hardship. It is the core concept that builds a world of hurt for anyone who crosses its path. This is seen in everyday life and is a huge problem for many people. Two novels, which capture this lack of self-esteem and the problems that become of it are A True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger.
The importance of these scars and their meanings for each character differ, but they all come together to form a symbol within the novel. Ali has the most physical deformities of all of the characters in this book. So many in fact, the neighborhood boys had even "taken to calling him Babalu, or Boogeyman" (8). Scars are created whenever someone goes through a tough experience, the scar being a piece of that experience that is left behind on that person. It's possible that his deformities could be a symbol of the struggle he went through to deal with Baba and Saunabar, and
He describes how as a child he listened "guilt-ridden" to his mother's account of the first six months of the life of the premature Paul Dempster. Burdened with a Presbyterian conscience, Ramsay carries his guilt with him for the rest of his life, providing for Mrs. Dempster until she dies. In contrast, Mrs. Dempster's son Paul runs away from home before the age of ten because his father holds him responsible for his mother's madness and because he is subject to the cruel jokes of people who think there is something funny about her. Staunton's response is a third possibility. When confronted by young Ramsay with his crime, Staunton refuses to acknowledge his responsibility for Mrs. Dempster's condition, and he promptly forgets the incident.
Little did they know Kemmerich’s death marked the beginning of lost hope. Paul becomes faint, all at once and he could not do anything more. This is expressed by Erich Maria Remarque on page 31 of the novel. This is the response Paul displays over the news of his fellow country men’s death. Paul’s display of grief is emotionally charged, but much different than his first display of his feelings on the war where everyone was full of pride and arrogance.
Jack Salmon just wished he could have protected his daughter Susie from being murdered, but now all he could do was try to get his revenge. Jack’s life was slowly crumbling. First, his daughter was raped and murdered one day while walking home from school. Then all that followed after that was more bad news. There were investigations and questions but never any answers.
Neither does he know how to get rid of the guilt, until Rahim Khan gives him a way. Amir keeps blaming himself for his mother’s death and he thinks that Baba is mad at him for killing his wife. When Baba is dead, Amir finds out the truth about his father. Now Amir feels that he doesn’t only have his own sins to sort out, but also his father’s. When Amir doesn’t prevent Hassan from getting raped he begins to feel dirty.