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Jay Lampkin Death guilt and forgiveness are experienced by everyone in life In the novel Ordinary People Judith Guest explores these episodes of life extensively through Beth Calvin Conrad and Buck Jarrett Buck Conrads older brother died in a boating accident Beth Calvin and Conrad Jarrett all must encounter and deal with emotions of loss guilt and forgiveness in order to accept Bucks death Beth Jarrett Conrads mother and Calvins wife has a history of running away from her problems including Bucks death and Conrads suicide attempt Dont then he snarls Go to Europe why dont you Go to hellListen I know why she never came out there not once I know Hell she was going to goddamn Spain and goddamn Portugal1 Beth went away to Spain and Portugal because she was a perfectionist and could not handle anything imperfect She also ran away because she loved Buck and Conrad extremely and what they did hurt her Buck and Conrads actions hurt her so badly that she could never forgive them He made it as vicious as he could The blood-all that blood Oh I will never forgive him for it He wanted it to kill me toop 237 To deal with life Beth runs away which will never lead to acceptance of anything Unlike Beth when Calvin sees a problem he confronts it But not always with confidence He asks himself questions about why he missed the sighs and what type of person he is and if he is a good father And what is fatherhood anyway Talking to a kid about his clothes Not applying pressure Looking for sighsp 8 Calvins feels like he is sitting on a fence with Beth and Conrad both on different sides So he goes to see Dr Burger for some help Okay Im a drifter he says What do you want to do about it Nothing I dont want to do anything but sit
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