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    Shame is a powerful emotion that leads people to do things absentmindedly, that could lead to dreadful outcomes. In James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis” Doodle is a disabled child that can not do things that others can do easily. Brother tries to shape Doodle into a regular kid, which ends badly. When Doodle doesn't improve at as fast as his brother wants him to, he only pushes him harder. Brothers sense of shame leads to Doodle being pushed too hard and eventually dying. Brother is ashamed of Doodle’s

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    has, or will, experience shame and a feeling of strong dislike or hate. In the autobiography “Shame” by Dick Gregory, he relates back to his childhood when he first experienced these feelings. Imagine being as young as seven and going through an experience that would leave you ashamed of everything about yourself. Imagine being this young, and being left feeling less than others and believing you always need to prove yourself for others so you can break away from the shame. In Gregory’s autobiography

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    war he doesn't believe in along with social pressures. These two conflicts with his desire to listen to his moral judgment which tells him to resist the draft and to just flee. This clash illuminates the work by executing the themes of courage and shame, which occurs again and again throughout the novel. O’Brien's character best describes that of a politically naive boy whose future of going to Harvard with a full ride scholarship gets dashed away. Dashed away by a single letter that says that he's

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    Shame and the Power Hierarchies in Cisneros Author of I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame, Brene Brown, wrote in her book, “We cannot grow when we are in shame, and we can't use shame to change ourselves or others” (Shame). Shame is an effect of the situations each person has to face and can feel negatively about. Each person feels shame differently as some people ignore this shame; others feel the weight of the shame on them. In Cisneros’s “Eleven”

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    allow an individual to achieve greatness and success, or, they can cause said person to struggle and collapse underneath their weight. Shame, as well as the ashes it leaves in its wake, is a major theme within Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel, The Kite Runner. Via questionable mental stability, schemes, secrets and emotions of uncleanliness, Hosseini demonstrates shame, as well as the negative impact it can easily pose on its victims and as those surrounding them. First and foremost, health is a major

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    something else? What about shame? Many people wouldn’t even think of shame as being a punishment. There is an old proverb that says “Shame is worse than death”. It’s funny to think that shame could be a worse punishment than death or prison, but it’s quite true. Our nation is over 200 years old and we are heavily influenced by those who originally came to the new world, the Puritans. Puritan society was the foundation for many things, punishment being no exception and shame as a method of it included

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    Growing up I felt shame for my Mexican heritage, teachers would tell me to speak in English and not in Spanish, specifically when I spoke in Spanish to my friends who had a difficult time speaking in English. Some of my Mexican classmates bullied me for being Chicano, Mexican heritage but American born. That motivated me to give it my all to learn how to read and write in Spanish and prove that I am not any lesser than they are and to prove that I understood my rights, after all, knowledge is power

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    Public shame has been seen as an indirect form of torture for many years, but is it really the worst consequence for a person? People who are publicly shamed carry around the scarlet letter of guilt on them because everyone knows them as "the person who did..." and not who they really are as a person. Everyone focuses on the negative side of the story; The guilt, pain, and suffering of being known as "the girl with the scarlet letter", or "the girl who had an affair with the president of the United

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    Shame in the Face of the Public Consequences of crimes are often unfit or unjust, but public humiliation serves as a fit consequence to any situation. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Lydia Woodyatt’s “The Power of Public Shaming, for Good and for Ill,” and Herbert Wray’s “The Two Faces of Shame,” the authors convey the effectiveness of public humiliation. Public shaming is effective by impacting a person’s character through guilt and embarrassment. Public shaming became a way of reshaping

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    Hawthorne centers around the idea of shame, a controlling characteristic of life that influences every characters actions. This novel focuses on the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a strict Puritan society. When Hester Prynne commits adultery in this town, she is forced into a lifetime of public shame. This not only changes her way of life, but her daughter’s as well. Yet the man that she commits adultery with is not exposed, and instead endures his own private shame, which is arguably more brutal than

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    While Pat Boone’s cover of “Ain’t That a Shame” (1955), originally performed by Fats Domino, has many similarities to the original, there are a few differences that alter the song and arguably its meaning. Although the two versions have nearly the same rhythm, harmony, and form; the groove, vocal delivery, and a subtle lyric change make the two versions of the song quite distinct. Because of these differences, the Fats Domino version of the song has a much more easygoing and optimistic vibe than

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    Throughout The Reader, from adolescence to adulthood, Michael is “haunted by a personal sense of guilt” (Munteanu). He feels guilty for a variety of reasons, predominantly his lifelong addiction to Hanna. Since the beginning of their ill-fated relationship in his teens, he knew there could be no future for them; not even as friends. Yet, when she reappears in his college years, the lovesickness Michael felt as a child seems to come creeping back. Even as he tries to forget her after the trial, it

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    Corrupt Soul The natural man thrives to be in control, whether it be of himself, animals, or other people. Power is an addiction and addicts look for scenarios to be in charge to trigger the same amount of dopamine release in their brain that gives them pleasure. Throughout the centuries there has been numerous power-hungry leaders that corrupted millions of people to satisfy their personal cravings. Adolfus Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945, is a great example of corrupting government

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    Gilligan discusses that a major cause of violence is feelings of shame, which usually roots from social factors and views of masculinity. Shame, the most common feeling behind violence, is feeling a lack of self-pride and humiliation. The lack of pride and respect one receives in one’s life is, more often than not, a highly common reason why some turn to violence. For some, violence may as well be the only way to rid themselves of the shame and humiliation that has plagued their lives, or at

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    Flustering and Blushing often come about in moments of awkwardness or self-consciousness. Strong emotions such as shame and embarrassment can influence actions. Altering not only insignificant details, but life-changing decisions. Throughout the novel, The Things They Carried, the theme of the power of shame and embarrassment is illustrated through the characters of Tim O’Brien, Norman Bowker, and Lt. Jimmy Cross. Tim O’Brien, the character and the author both change their actions and personality

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    Many people would say that moving forward in scientific discoveries is an essential part in helping to advance society. Newly found scientific discoveries are usually applauded by society, especially if the discovery explains something that was once misunderstood about life. However in Frankenstein, Shelley uncovers the possible negative side of discovering more than one bargained for in one’s experiments. Frankenstein, a young and eager-to-learn scientist, decides to experiment with creating life

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    The Essential Homer translated and edited by Stanley Lombardo, depicts the story of the famous Trojan war. Helen even though not being a central character in the story her role throughout the epic is important. She is created as a suffering figure who is constantly striving for independence and a sense of belongingness among the many different restraints that she faces. Even with the limited amounts of appearances in the epic each encounter with her character the reader is able to learn more about

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    own vision of decent conduct” who “regarded himself as a kind of fraud” (Miller 19). Before he even speaks a single line, the audience sees Proctor as someone who is conflicted with himself. Proctor’s feelings of shame follow him around and affect his actions and decisions. In his great shame, Proctor would prefer to simply forget his affair with Abby and move on with his life. He shows this when he denies her advances and tells her not to think

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    Hester’s strong sense of self. It says “she could scarcely refrain, yet always did refrain, from covering the symbol with her hand.” Although she feels some humiliation from other members of society, she is strong enough to not cover up the letter in shame from the beginning of the novel. She wears the letter with pride and accepts her punishment without guilt for her actions. She exhibits self-determination by not submitting to the strict standards of her society. Dimmesdale, on the other hand, does

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    Everyone says to always be yourself. But almost everyone has changed their character at some point. They try to be someone else. But why? People strive to find their true self, and ironically, that usually involves changing their identity. They become a repetition of someone else. Sometimes in literature, characters change their own character. In the short stories, ¨Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan, ¨Two Kinds¨ by Amy Tan, and ¨Papa's Parrot¨ by Cynthia Rylant, the characters learn about their identities

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