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English Essay 4 - Cao 1 Anthony Cao Natalie Bakopoulos English 125 Section 059 8 December 2010 Guilt Abated Absolved But Never Forgotten Guilt is a

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Cao 1 Anthony Cao Natalie Bakopoulos English 125, Section 059 8 December 2010 Guilt Abated, Absolved, But Never Forgotten Guilt is a strange emotion. It festers like a sore. It's a parasite that remains hidden in the mind, forcing its host to engage in self-deprecating behavior until a conclusion is reached – either the host is no longer viable or the parasite dies. This notion of guilt's ability to destroy a person from the inside out is made clear in “My Body, My Weapon, My Shame” by Elwood Reid and “Morbidity and Mortality” by Pauline Chen. However, the manner in which they portray guilt is vastly different, but can reveal facets of each text respectively that could not be gleaned if read individually. Ultimately, guilt induces a variety of behaviors that otherwise would not be acted upon because of its ability to separate an individual from their perceived niche. First, in “My Body, My Weapon, My Shame”, Reid's guilt reveals itself as one in which he himself realizes his wrong, but is too attached to his situation and sense of belonging to give it up. He begins by explaining his contradictory behavior when talking to college scouts. He explains, “I couldn't tell them that I didn't care who won the Super Bowl, that what really mattered to me was books”(2). “I knew that I had to keep this part of me hidden and let the scouts and coaches see the bright-eyed athlete they wanted to see”(2). Reid's struggle with guilt is the direct cause of his self-destructive actions. He hides his true passion to pursue what has come to be expected of him. His father dictates that football is the best route out, his coaches
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course ENGLISH 125 taught by Professor Decourcy during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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English Essay 4 - Cao 1 Anthony Cao Natalie Bakopoulos English 125 Section 059 8 December 2010 Guilt Abated Absolved But Never Forgotten Guilt is a

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