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Human beings have certain feelings The person at fault may feel guilty after the incident happens A feeling of guilt is the recognition of wrong doing and the wish that the consequences of the action could be changed In The Scarlet Letter Red Badge of Courage and The Crucible the main characters all have feelings of guilt as a result of what they have done Life on its own can also bring such inner feeling from within a person All people at one point or another feel guilty and have their own way of dealing with it In The Scarlet Letter Dimmesdale feels guilty for his crime of adultery This character is not only guilty for what he does but also the fact that he does not confess to everyone in town By not admitting his responsibility he increases his guilt because Hester must endure all the blame Dimmesdales guilt eats away at him and leads to his doom On the other hand the adulteress handles the guilt by telling other people and showing them that she feels guilty The people forgive her after time but Dimmesdale still feels guilty and since time has passed can not face the truth A situation that creates guilt can also illustrate how people deal with difficulty Guilt does not only appear in literature but also in daily life A famous case is the OJ Simpson murder trial Whether he committed the crime or not OJ has shown no signs of guilt This can be interpreted as meaning that he either did not commit the crime or he did so but is hiding the guilt If the second situation is true then he has emotional scars that do not show exactly like Dimmesdale A more common example takes place in schools Sometimes a student will cheat on a test but not be able to feel a sense of accomplishment about the
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