Grief, Guilt, and Blame: Ordinary People by Judith Guest Essay | Student Essay

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Grief, Guilt, and Blame: Ordinary People by Judith Guest

Summary: Although Judith Guest's novel Ordinary People shows a wide array of emotions, the emotion of grief that people feel every day serves as one of the book's main themes. This theme is represented in a number of different ways in the novel, particularly through the characters Conrad and Calvin.
Grief, Guilt, and Blame

"Tears are the silent language of grief"--Voltaire

Grief plays a huge part in the book Ordinary People by Judith Guest. Even though this book shows a wide array of emotions, I believe that grief can summarize this book as one of the main themes. And just as the title reveals, grief is an everyday, every person problem. No one can count how many people in this world are affected by grief and sadness.

First of all, grief is felt probably most of all in this book by Conrad. Obviously his main source of grief is his remorse and guilt for him thinking that he killed his brother. Even though Buck's death was way out of Conrad's hands, Conrad still blames himself for his death. Conrad had so much guilt that he tried to kill himself, showing...

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