Theme Of Guilt In Othello

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Emotions are what separate us and makes a true individual. Guilt is an emotion that the mind doesn’t usually handle very well. There are two types of guilt. The first is the guilt that a person feels for themselves, it can consume ones-self and send the person into a spiral of self-destruction. This guilt can come from when someone tries to better themselves and it falls apart right in front of them. The second type of guilt is the type of guilt that someone has for others. This type guilt is when someone sees the struggle of another and knows that they are the reason for their struggle. Regret is an emotion that can go hand in hand with guilt. Regret can occur when something doesn’t go correctly and that leads to wanting to go back and choosing …show more content…
His own actions of jealousy bring about some horrific evens that cannot be undone. Without having the facts Othello murders Desdemona “She’s like a liar gone to burning hell! ‘Twas I that killed her.” (Othello, 5.2.130-131) After realizing the fool that he is “O fool! fool! fool!” his guilt drives him to seek punishment from his peers “Whip me, ye devils, From the possession of this heavenly sight! Blow me about in winds, roast me in sulfur, wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire!—Oh, Desdemona! Desdemona! dead! Oh! Oh! (Othello, 5.2.323, 5.2.278-282). Once he figures out that his peers are not going to give him the relief from his guilt the way he wants, he takes his own life instead. He commits suicide because the guilt that he felt for himself for being so blind as to not even confront Desdemona and get her side of the truth before he just executes her. Othello took the advice of people that he thought he could trust. When he realized the betrayal, Othello regrets his decisions immediately. His regret comes after he kills himself and realizes had he just trusted Desdemona and loved her the way he said he did this may have all been avoided. Shakespeare is saying that our actions can have grave consequences and that we need to be willing to wait and investigate thoroughly before we act out of anger and …show more content…
Walter Lee’s guilt started with not being able to provide more for his family, “sometimes when I’m downtown and I pass them cool, quite-looking restaurants where them white boys are sitting back and talking ‘bout thing…sitting there turning deals worth millions of dollars…sometimes I see guys don’t look much older than me- “(A Raisin in the Sun, page 1007). Walter Lee Younger is constantly reminded of his guilt repeatedly. At every turn, he is shown that he doesn’t have enough money or that he doesn’t hold that same status as the white people. Walter’s self-guilt is compounded by not being able to provide and thrive for his family. Travis Younger asks his mother for 50 cents to take to school and the mother tells Travis they don’t have the money to spare, when Walter Lee finds this out he is upset and says: “What you tell the boy things like the for?” (A Raisin in the Sun, page 980-981) He tries so hard to get rid of his guilt that he ends up losing all the money the family had from the life insurance, “Yessss! All of it…It’s all gone…” (A Raisin in the Sun, Page 1040) The family’s disappointment and anger make Walter Lee feel even more guilty and he tries to fix his feelings of guilt by trying to get the money he lost replaced. When Walter Lee tries to replace the money, by telling the family they are going to accept

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