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More than just a book The Reader reminds that the concepts of guilt and responsibility are not clear-cut ideas and even more so during the Nuremberg Trials Guilt is simply one of the many human emotions but the feeling of guilt is unique to everyone and there is no one meaning for guilt Though guilt is such a strong feeling judgments must not be made simply on how guilty one feels for their actions If that is so then Hanna would never have gone to jail at all Judgments should instead be made on the actions of a person and whether the person was right or wrong in what heshe did This is the concept of responsibility How responsible a person was for their actions should determine how guilty a person is for their crimes But responsibility is such a difficult question to resolve and deal with because how can you judge how responsible a person is for their actions In the case of Hannas trial how was responsible The powers that be made the decisions but people under them carried out these decisions So who is responsible The people who made the decisions or the people who carried out the decisions It seems that the person who holds the knife must be the one responsible But fortunately and rightly so justice is never so easy Guilt and responsibility being human emotions can never be pinned down because it is human nature to be fickle and therefore there will always be a gray area when it comes to determining the true meaning if there is such a thing of guilt and responsibility The problem is that we have come to believe that guilt and responsibility is the same thing but in reality they are poles apart This misunderstanding comes around due to the fact that courts often give the verdict guilty or not guilty But just because a person have been proved without any
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