As Peter McWilliams said; "Guilt is our anger directed at ourselves - at what we did or did not do". Our lives and those of others are greatly influenced by the decisions that we make. When our mistakes cause others to suffer, we tend to feel guilty and resent ourselves. Our conscious constantly aggravates us until we act to redeem ourselves and set right. This is proven in Khaled Hosseini’s book The Kite Runner, Roger Allers’ movie Lion King and Chester Bennington’s song What I’ve Done. Disappointment leads people into quitting themselves and others, but later the recognition of their faults guides them to take hold of their responsibilities and see them to their fulfillment.
The characters are haunted by the pain of guilt and end up making hasty decisions in the course of their self disappointment. Amir, Simba and Bennington make hasty decisions in hope of getting rid of their nightmares. It can be seen in Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, that Amir desperately desires the love of his father. He soon gains it by being a kite runner champion, but in the pursuit of his father’s love, he betrays his best friend and has to live with the guilt of the treason. Amir’s self shame and disappointment makes it unbearable for him to face Hassan and he decides to send Hassan far away through a series of lies. “Then I knocked on Baba’s door and told what I hoped would be the last in a long line of shameful lies” (Hosseini, 110). The sight of Hassan brings back his pain of guilt and the lies he has told to his loved ones. While they leave, the mention of weather was taken, “thunderheads rolled in, painted the sky iron gray…” (Hosseini, 114). The heavy rain and gray skies symbolize the increased guilt that has been caused and the sorrow of losing his childhood friendship. In Lion King, being a little cub, Simba is led into the misconception of being the murderer of his father, by Scar. The harsh words of Scar and the disappointment frighten Simba, due to which he...
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