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Shame A Painful Emotion Shame is defined as a painful feeling caused by a sense of guilt shortcoming impropriety dishonor or disgrace This painful emotion can come from either external souces such as the people around us or from internal sources such as our conscience In the story Shame author Dick Gregory describes his experiences with both externally and internally motivated shame The shame Dick Gregory experiences as a young child was externally motivated shame Before the incident at Gregorys school he was innocent and unaware of social differences He knew he was poor but he was not really aware how different he was compared to his peers I never learned hate at home or shame I had to go to school for that His innocence was replaced by a sense of shame when his teacher humiliated him in front of his class and peers She disgraced him by pointing out his poverty and his lack of a father causing him to feel shame for the first time Gregory describes how shame is all around him Now there was shame everywhere There as shame in going to Worthy Boys Annual Christmas Dinner There was shame in wearing the brown and orange and white plaid mackinaw the welfare gave to 3000 boys There was shame in asking for rotten peaches in asking Mrs Simmons for a spoonful of sugar in running out to meet the relief truck Gregory had never felt shame before this incident Once shame is placed on Gregory his behavior changes He is so humiliated he doesnt attend school He takes the alleys to get home so he doesnt see anyone he knows He also hides in his house when the relief truck comes down the street This shame was externally motivated by his teacher and was humiliating to Gregory Later in the story Gregory experiences shame due to his own conscience Gregory experiences this when he eats in a
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