The Theme of Guilt: Enduring Love, Quiet American

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The theme of guilt: Enduring Love, Quiet American

Before starting my essay, I would like to share an extract from an article which is related my topic. I think it is better to start scientific definition of my main argument "Guilt" as a moral concept. In this article, shame and guilt are being discussed and I am going to connect with the characters of the books I am going to write about them. “Analyses of personal shame and guilt experiences provided by children and adults revealed few, if any, "classic" shame-inducing or guilt- inducing situation. Most types of events E.g lying, cheating, stealing, failing to help another, disobeying somebody are cited by some people in connection with feelings of shame and by another people in connection with guilt." In my essay, I am going to talk about the relationship between guilt and personal action in the Enduring Love and The quiet American, and then I am doing to discuss how guilt functions as a moral concept. At the beginning of Enduring love, we encounter an incident that changes the life of all characters. Joe and Clarisse organize a picnic to celebrate their rapprochement six weeks after their separation. While two lovers spends their time peacefully, a balloon which has inside two passengers, suddenly as it will be broken down to ground, begins to rise. With the few people around there, Joe starts to run towards balloon in order to help. However, nobody knows that this moment will change their destiny. Mr. Logan is the one of them who tries to hang the rope hardly in order to pull down the balloon. Everybody gives up hanging but he doesn't. The balloon rises again with him. He falls and dies. After he dies, some characters feel sense of guilt like Joe and Mr. Logan’s wife but they choice to find judgment of this guilt and find way to suppress their conscience.

Joe's sense of guilt starts with this balloon accident as we know. In the article that I show at the beginning says “failing to help another” creates sense of guilt. For sure he is affected the most from this accident, he feels sad and guilt because he thinks that he and others could do better while saving the boy and Logan. Also he knows that people are always the same that naturally they are selfish. "What is certain is that if we had not broken ranks, our collective weight would have brought the balloon to earth a quarter of the way down the slope a few seconds as the gust subsided." Since he is a logical man, he uses his logic in a way that saving firstly himself it means his selfishness is actually coming from his rationality. This personal choice preponderate his instinct of satisfying himself for child he says: “The child was not my child, and I was not going to die for it" “Selfishness is also written on our hearts" (14) He always tries to suppress his guilt by seeming cool but actually I feel that he is actually remorseful since he is thinking so much about this accident and questioning whether if we did so, we could have saved or if we were good person, everything would be different. He says; "Someone said me, and then there was nothing to be gained by saying us. Mostly, we are good when it makes sense.." On the other hand, I put myself into the position of Joe and said myself that my life or child's life? Which one is important then I thought everybody is afraid of death so am I... I can understand his compunction; I would be grateful for living like Joe.

At the same time he is very afraid of seeing the ruins of this accident, there is one death, Mr. Logan. He is the only one who does not give up hanging the rope. Logan satisfies himself for a child, for a child that no relation between them. Then Joe starts to see him as a hero but at the same time, he feels guilt again. "The impossible idea was that Logan had died for nothing." “But even...
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