Guilt, An Emotional Rollercoaster. . Robin Gibb, A Famous,

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Guilt, an Emotional Rollercoaster Robin Gibb, a famous, British songwriter once said, "Rarely do I attach guilt to something pleasant. Life is too short". Often, people go through life and do things they are not proud of; yet, years later the guilt returns to haunt them. In Russell Baker 's chapter of Growing up, and Tillie Olsen 's narrative, I Stand Here Ironing, guilt comes to surface at a time when all seems lost. The stories depict the remorseful feeling one gets when flashing back in time to a place they would much rather not revisit. Frequently, it is a certain location or setting that will instigate those hibernating thoughts. As a result, one can redirect an attitude in regard to the past, and correct the errors to benefit …show more content…

While visiting his mom in the hospital, Russell is overcome by the tragic reality of the present, of the ability that life possesses to inflict much cruelty. During his early infrequent visits, he attempts to divert his mother 's senility and return her to the present. Hence, when he sits with her in a hospital, surrounded by the stench of illness, he relates much better to her situation and wonders where his fierce and confident mom vanished. So forth, it is in this whitewashed facility that it dawns on him that in essence, his mom had lost her happiness way before her mind had wandered and it irks him that he had not perceived that. Ironically, his mother, who is sitting in the same environment of doom, is oblivious to her bleak surroundings and is able to return to a place of serenity; her glorious past with wonderful memories. In contrast, Tillie Olsen sets a scene of a mother ironing in a warm and cozy environment with the happy banter of children in the backdrop. Thus, She portrays an image of a loving and prosperous rearing, of offspring. Yet, the opposite holds true and the same kid that is raised in this wonderful environment was not protected in her early years. In fact, Emily did not always have a stable home with parents who were available to her. In addition, the time frame of post depression and war era entwine the two stories. Both occurrences illustrate the harsh times that both

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