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ERIC Number: ED112428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 20
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Guilt in Literature.
Brown, Lurene
In this paper, guilt in literature is considered within the following four categories: private guilt, shared guilt, implied guilt, and public guilt. Among characters in literature that suffer from guilt as a private matter are Arthur Dimmesdale in "The Scarlet Letter," Pip in "Great Expectations," Edna in "The Awakening," and K. in "The Trial." The sharing of guilt can occur either because of the need of one person for another's assurance or assistance, or as the result of complicity. Those characters discussed in this category include Abbie and Eben in "Desire Under the Elms," Biff and Willie Loman in "Death of a Salesman," and Claudius and the Queen in "Hamlet." Works of literature in which guilt is implied include "Oedipus Rex,""Phaedra,""To Kill a Mockingbird,""Grapes of Wrath," and "The Scarlet Letter." Public revelation for wrongdoing is a prominent thematic element in "Antigone,""Billy Budd," and "Crime and Punishment." Suggested readings for each of the categories of guilt include short stories, peoms, novels, and drama. (LL)
Lurene Brown, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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