He knows what is right and wrong but one example has been haunting him in his life. Now in a Puritan society, sin had to have been confessed publicly and they must bear their shame. This however goes against what the Word actually says and this is what created Arthur Dimmesdale as a character. He most likely has already repented to God but his guilt will not leave until he confesses it to his congregation and it leads him to other “ways” of repentance. Being reminded of his guilt 24/7 causes his his health to deteriorate to the point of death, possibly alluding to the fact that the wages of sin are death.
Furthermore, the hunger artist also destroys his body in the story directly from his own actions. He describes himself as having “skeleton thinness” (Kafka 640) and even ends up starving to death in the conclusion of the story. On the same note, Kafka was very much dissatisfied with himself, much like the hunger artist. However, unlike the hunger artist, Kafka did not actively destroy his body or consider his body worthless for that matter, rather the author experienced severe guilt from his actions or, better put, inaction. Kafka, in his “Letter to My Father,” expressed several times that he was aware that he failed to reciprocate proper etiquette in order to maintain a relationship with him.
Okonkwo is seen as a very painfully structured man and when something doesn't go according to his structure, it causes him to make irrational decisions. As seen in Okonkwo’s participation in Ikemefuna’s death, we see a demonstration of his rash thinking. Okonkwo’s irrational decision - making, as well as his fear of being perceived as weak like his father drove him to kill Ikemefuna. If Ikemefuna has not been killed, then this would have prevented Nwoye from converting to Christianity. As seen “after the missionaries finished singing, Nwoye pondered about what he just heard, the hymn about brothers who sat in darkness and fear seemed to answer a vague and persistent question that haunted his young soul the question of Ikemefuna who died” (Achebe 128).
At the beginning of Night, Elie was someone who believed fervently in his religion. His experiences at Auschwitz and other camps, such as Birkenau and Buna have affected his faith immensely. Elie started to lose his faith when he and his father arrived at Birkenau. They saw the enormous flames rising from a ditch, with people being thrown in. Elie could not believe his eyes; how could this been kept covert.
In summary, he was forcefully separated from his family, bared the death of the only motivation he had and was left to live with the nightmares of the atrocious doing of Hitler and his Nazis. Elie’s innocence was taken alongside everything else he had. Instead of remembering his childhood and laughing, he prays one day he’ll forget, forget what he was forced to see. Moreover, forget what was taken from him. Elie had undergone an immense amount of pain albeit the fact that many think of WW2 but don’t mind much of it’s events.
In chapter seven in the Outsiders Ponyboy talks to Randy about how the Socs and Greasers hate each other and in the end, Ponyboy made Randy feel better of himself. With all that Ponyboy experienced, he knows that everyone has some potential for being good and that Randy would have saved the kids in the church too. Randy mentions that the world hates him, but Ponyboy says that he hates the world and he needs to change that. In the talk with Randy Ponyboy says “So it doesn’t do any good, the fighting and the killing. It doesn’t prove anything.” Beforehand Ponyboy talks about how he is sick of fighting and that fighting won’t make anyone win, this is further proven by the fact that nothing changed after the rumble.
Hamlet’s grief is apparent to the audience, as he begins lamenting about the uselessness of life. He depicts his “solid flesh”, urging it to melt and “resolve itself into a dew (129-130). Shakespeare emphasizes his grief - he truly is upset. Hamlet even calls to “the Everlasting”, wishing he had not deemed “self-slaughter” to be a sin (131-132). His cries “O, God!
The authors perception and treatment on death can be found in the throughout the play. Everyman begins with God being disappointed in mankind with the way that they are ignoring Him. God calls death to visit “Everyman” and hold him accountable for this. Death tells Everyman that he must take a long journey, and he must bring with him his account book of his good and bad deeds. Everyman realizes who is and is frightened.
After the Herdsman revealed to Oedipus that Laius and Jocasta were his parents, he grew strong in grievance. In the play, Oedipus stated, “Light of the sun, let me look upon you no more after today! …, cursed in my killing.” Oedipus was very upset about receiving the news that his prophecy had been fulfilled. He realized that he was blind to it the whole time. He was so heartbroken, he did not want to see anything at all.
Imagine parents too afraid to send their children to school because of threats imposed on them due to their religion. Or a mass of people actively forced to leave their home, with no other alternative, as a result of their faith. Religious oppression always seems to reveal its ugly head as a routine habit of society. Seeming to emanate from the beginning of time, history tells horrendous tales of hate crimes and genocide. Groups of people abandoned of any natural rights merely because of their faith.