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Theme Of Forgiveness In Persepolis
"One can forgive, but one should never forget". Forgiveness is a main idea in the award–winning and compelling novel, Persepolis, by Marjane
Satrapi. It is mentioned throughout the novel numerous times, which can be seen as surprising. The novel is very sensitive, very detailed, and very
brutal in many areas. One may think it is absurd how many times "forgiveness" is mentioned. However, the fact that a child is able to look past the
smoke–filled air and shouts of violence in the streets, and have enough love in her heart to focus on forgiveness, speaks volumes for what the basis of
the novel is about, as well as the message that is being sent out to the world for the future days to come.
In Persepolis, stories are told from young Marjane's perspective. In almost every story, things are happening in her town that are causing conflict to
her neighbors, her friends, and her close family. In particular, the story titled "Kim Wilde", Marjane is the center of the conflict. Ladies from the
Women's Branch of the Guardians of The Revolution caught her on the street wearing Nike sneakers and a blue jean jacket adorned with a Michael
Jackson pinback button. She was questioned and taken into further hands, but pleaded her case and was released from any further questioning. It is
unfathomable to even think about myself, being stopped as I walk across campus at Mississippi University for Women, getting stopped and questioned
(even perhaps, punished) for what I am wearing. However, things
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Why We Should Always Be Forgiven
Even though some people can hold a grudge for a lifetime, forgiveness is something people should do, because things could happen, and a friend or
loved one would never know that they had been forgiven. Follow Matthew 6:14–15 and people should always be forgiven. Forgiveness may be the
answer for keeping a friendship together for a lifetime.
First and foremost, a tragic thing could happen to a friend that wasn't forgiven. Things will always happen in a friendship that others will not like;
however, you can do things to fix that, so forgive them because today might be the last day that they are on this Earth. The last thing said to them
should be forgiveness and not "I hate you, I never want to see you again." If a friend crosses the line, talk to them and figure out what was wrong, and
try to work through the difficult time without having hatred...show more content...
Forgiveness sets you free of the burden of hatred against another. Friendship has its ups and downs, but it all should be based on the forgiveness of
others. "Forgive and you will be forgiven," Luke 6:37. However, sitting a corner and doing nothing seems like a good alternative, that will not bring a
friend out of hatred, forgiveness is the only way to do that.
Last, but certainly not least is it can save a friendship. Forgiveness may not be easy to grant if a friend stole, or hurt another, but do what is possible
to get that friend back. Talk about the situation with the friend and work out a way to say the beautiful friendship that has been created throughout the
years. Look for the good in the bad situation to help forgiveness come to light. Forgiveness may just be the only way to save a friendship.
Although many people can hold grudges for silly things, forgiveness is always the answer for anything that happens. If forgiveness isn't possible
listen to God, and follow his words about forgiveness . Keeping a friendship for a lifetime may just be based on
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Can Forgiveness Be More Powerful Than Hate
Night Assignment: Can forgiveness be more powerful than hate Forgiveness and hate are two of the strongest and hardest emotions of humans. Each
emotion is connected by a power of control, and can be determine by an individual action. Forgiveness has the possibility to allow someone to move
beyond hate, resentment and the desire for revenge on settling the score of those who caused the harm and pain. Forgiveness is a positive act that
releases the power of hate and angry for the other person and gain all power within themselves. It also leads to a life of spiritual, mental, physical and
emotional peace, and joy. One cannot force forgiveness. It takes the mental capacity of beinganger free which come at each person's personal time.
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Some survivors may feel holding grudges of resentment, vengeance and hostility can take control of their everyday life. It hinders their living and
mental state. To release the some of the pain through forgiveness allow them to live somewhat of descent life. The Bible states "But love ye your
enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest, for he is
kind unto the unthankful and to the evil," (OFFICIAL KING JAMES BIBLE ONLINE, Luke 6:35). This shows the point that God is love, not
hate, and to receive your reward is to be a child of God one must show forth loving their enemies not hating them for the choices they have made.
Allowing negative feelings to cloud out your judgment, leaves no room for positivity from God in your life. The Bible also states, "Dearly
beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord," (OFFICIAL
KING JAMES BIBLE ONLINE, Romans 12:19). There is no need for one to bring forth revenge. God will provide revenge on all those who He sees
fit. He is peace and He created evil. This is His creation to bring down judgement and justice. Revenge and judgement is not our job; however, it is
God's job. "Forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you," (OFFICIAL KING JAMES BIBLE ONLINE, Ephesians 4:32). Each sin or
wrongdoing, we commit in our lives, we expect the Creator to forgive us. Then we should also provide that same treatment of forgiveness to others.
From the novel night, Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor stated when the war was finally over, "Even when we were no longer hungry, not one of us
thought of revenge," (Wiesel, 115) This showed great power with the Jews. After everything they went through the years of torment,
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Speech On Forgive Yourself
Forgiveness Begins With Forgiving Yourself
By Carol King
Aug 10, 2008
The kindest and most compassionate thing you can do for yourself and others is to forgive yourself. We are often told that we should forgive others,
the old saying "forgive and forget" is thrown around constantly, so you make an effort to forgive those who you feel have wronged you in some way
and you find it almost impossible to do. Why is that? It is possibly because you have not yet learned how to forgive yourself.
In terms of self–help a better saying to use would be "charity begins at home" or in this case charity begins with self. You cannot freely give to the
world that which you do not give to yourself. Just as you cannot truly love someone without first loving yourself, you cannot forgive someone without
forgiving yourself. When you learn to forgive yourself then and only then will you be able to forgive others. Paradoxically though, when you learn to
forgive yourself you will in turn find that you have nothing to forgive others for....show more content...
This part of you, which essentially is part of your ego, does not want you to be free of it because ego does not want to relinquish control. Free yourself
from this viscous pattern of behavior for it has the ability to murder your spirit. It is possible to spend your entire life blaming yourself for this and
that, feeling guilty because you did this or that and living in fear of the consequences of this and that. This way of living has you immobilized because
you are dwelling in the past (the guilt and blame for what has been) and you cannot enjoy your future (for fear of the consequences of what has been).
There is only on solution, you must give yourself the ultimate gift, the gift of
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What Does It Mean To Be Forgiven
Mueller suggest in our textbook that Holy Absolution is sacramental. Therefore, according to Mueller and Jesus after his resurrection appeared to his
disciples, gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, here are the five (5) characteristics or qualities of a "means of grace" in connection to the
scriptures understanding of Absolution are as follows: 1.Forgive or withheld "If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold
forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld", in John 20:23 2.Confess is encouraged "Confess your sins to one another", in James 5:16 3.Forgiveness is not
limited in scope or duration, in Matthew 18:18 4.Reconciliation that comes from honest confession and gracious absolution is important, in Matthew
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To Forgive or Not to Forgive Essay
To Forgive or Not to Forgive
Debt is a substantial problem facing many countries in the world today. Some of the more economically stable countries are able to pay off their debt
through strategic budget planning. However, there are many countries that constantly struggle to solve their debt problems. In response of this issue,
the IMF and the World Bank have designed a framework to provide special assistance for heavily indebtedpoor countries that pursue IMF and World
Bank supported adjustment and reform programs. This framework has been called the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative; it is also known as the
HIPC Initiative. In this paper, I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of the HIPC Initiative. My main...show more content...
In September 1996, the IMF and the World Bank launched a program to address this situation. The HIPC Initiative is designed to provide exceptional
assistance to eligible countries following sound economic policies to help them reduce their external debt burden to sustainable levels. Since 1996,
the HIPC Initiative has had several successes in its development. A total of 23 countries reached their decision point under the enhanced HIPC
Initiative by September 2001. The decision point is the phase in the Initiative process where a debt sustainability analysis will be carried out to
determine the current external debt situation of the country. A total of $20.7 billion of debt relief in net present value terms ($33.9 billion in nominal
debt service relief) has been committed to the 23 decision point countries under the HIPC Initiative. Combined with traditional debt relief and likely
additional bilateral debt forgiveness, the HIPC Initiative will reduce the debt stock of the 23 countries by almost two–thirds from $54 billion in net
present value terms to roughly $20 billion (International Monetary Fund, 2000).
Despite these optimistic progressions, there have been several challenges to keeping the HIPC Initiative an
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Persuasive Essay : The Power Of Forgiveness?
Mireille Lukusa
Westover
English 1301
Nov 6th 2017
The Power of Forgiveness Jonathan Lockwood Hule once said, "Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve
peace." Not forgiving only means that you're hurting yourself. Forgiveness is one of the most difficult things that one can do in their lives, but there
are myriad of things to do if you want to feel free in your life. The word "forgive" makes people wonder if forgiveness is something that can just come
easily to one's heart. The word "forgive," which has the meaning of granting, giving and allowing, is a Latin word for "perdonare" which means "to
give completely, without reservation" and is the source meaning of our English word "pardon."...show more content...
Having to free others from your heart means that you are allowing yourself to be happy again. Your heart is a big prison and the real prisoner is
actually yourself. As researchers have determined that the power of forgiveness protects a person from negative effects of stress on mental health.
They wrote "We found that lifetime stress severity was unrelated to mental health for persons who were highest in forgivingness, significantly
associated with poorer mental health for persons exhibiting moderate levels of forgivingness, and most strongly related to poorer mental health for
participants exhibiting the lowest levels of forgivingness," People need to live their life unapologetically because no one is really in charge of
what others say or do. Holding unto the bad things that have been done to you is not worth the discomfort, anger and depression that it bring you. A
great example of the power of forgiveness is the story behind Matthew West's song Forgiveness, is about a woman named Renee whose daughter
was killed by a drunk driver, but she found a place in her heart to forgive her daughter's killer and even went so far as to the court and asked for his
sentence to be cut in half. they are now working together to stop other from drinking while driving. One must
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Reflective Essay About Forgiveness
As simple as forgiving seems it isn't always so straight forward. It is complex with multi variables and moving parts. Sometimes it is merely "I'm
sorry" and other times it is a hell of a lot more than that. In my case, it was a lot more than that. Forgiveness is a reaction that can take anywhere
from seconds to years. It took me approximately four years to forgive the person who caused me grave pain. I wanted to forgive her sooner but the
mind doesn't always function the way you would like it to. To back track, two weeks before Christmas of 2010 my mother didn't come home one
night after work. Turns out she had spent all her money and had blacked out somewhere. I soon found out she had a drug and alcohol addiction. At
that time, she worked as a bartender in Baltimore City. When I found out about her addiction, my initial feelings were of hurt, pain and confusion of
what that meant and what was to come. All the feelings I had were appropriate and eventually went away. It was after that when all I felt was sheer
anger. At some points even rage, my entire life had changed without an explanation. I moved in with my father and his wife, I went to a new school
and etcetera. At the beginning, I was unable to speak to my mother. We could only communicate through letters that took a long time to receive. Before
I could even read them, they were pre–read. It was disheartening to read already opened letters... There is something satisfying about opening a letter
addressed to you,
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Timed Writing In life you will encounter many instances where you get betrayed and hurt by people. When people get hurt or betrayed they
usually don't forgive easily, although eventually they do forgive. But some do not forgive what happened and when they do that it is not healthy.
A reason we should forgive people and what they did is because you will try to avoid the person who wronged you and if you were close to them
before or are friends with your friends then your grudge will destroy your social life and your bonds with your other friends because they will not
wanna hang out with you if you are always angry at one of their friends and they will think that if they make a mistake you won't forgive them so they
will try to talk to you
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Speech On Forgiveness
Increase Self Esteem, by practicing Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a very powerful and rare quality. When we forgive someone, we indirectly reveal something about our inner nature. When we don't
forgive, we continue to hold onto our bad feelings and inner anguish against the person. The ability to forgive doesn't come easily to everybody, and
when practiced, it sets us apart from others, and brings us respect.
Unforgiving people often feel that they are victims of other people's unacceptable behaviour. This victim mentality, can build up a list of things the
other person has done & increase the resentment and anger inside us. Forgiveness releases these negative feelings, and helps people come together.
When a person views himself as a victim, he experiences pain. At times, it...show more content...
Who should we forgive? Perhaps the simplest answer is – everyone!
We can be more forgiving:
пѓјBy recognizing our own faults – we will then be able to forgive other's faults
пѓјBy not placing such high standards on others
пѓјBy realizing that our values are different from other's
пѓјBy trying to see things from the other person's viewpoint as well
пѓјBy analysing what kind of a person are we? Are we perfect? Would we like others to forgive us when we make a mistake?
пѓјBy asking ourselves what we will gain or lose by not forgiving someone i.e. list the benefits and the negatives, (there will be many more negatives).
Then make a list of what are the benefits and negatives of forgiving that person, (we will actually see many more positives) ...
Soon, we will be able to understand, appreciate and practice the positives and benefits of forgiving.
Can we delay learning the art of forgiving, and improving our self–esteem? There is an obvious
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Forgiveness Reflection
Forgiveness is a concept that most people do not understand, and I must admit I was one of those people before I took the class. My experience with
this concept was mainly through church sermons where the pastor explained God forgave us of our sins to restore a relationship with us. Therefore,
my definition was clouded by these sermons and I would have said forgiveness was saying you are sorry no matter who was at fault, showing remorse
for your actions, changing your actions, and reconciling to the point of being civil to the person that had wronged you. Thankfully, because of the
class Forgiveness & Communication, I have obtained information that will empower me to move forward toward a more forgiving life style.
Through class lecture, class participation, and different types of resources I have learned many things including, the need to forgive, what
forgiveness is not, what forgiveness is, effective methods of letting go, and the tools to know if you have truly forgiven and are now different. The
need to forgive affects us physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually. The intensity and duration of the unforgiveness can cause it to become
debilitative. Accordingly, unforgiveness does not affect the other person, it affects you negatively. For instance, like the quote of Marianne
Williamson "unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die." Research shows a lot of our sicknesses such
as high blood pressure and heart trouble are intensified by the lack of our not letting go of past hurts. Mentally we spend time thinking about a past
transgression more than we spend time thinking about happy events in our lives. I think it is like ivy growing in your mind, you first think the ivy is
pretty but then it starts to grow and eventually covers the wall of your mind and chokes out all other flowering vegetation, leaving you with only the
transgression and no beautiful memories. If we do not forgive it will affect our relationships and can eventually cause the relationship to cease to be.
Lastly, our spiritual growth can be hampered by our lack of forgiving and we cannot have peace in our lives. Booker T Washington once said, "the
moment I begin to hate a man
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We can Forgive but We Can't Forget
Recently I found myself thinking about what would happen if as an adult I encountered my father who left us when I was a kid. I was wondering
if I would be able to forgive him for abandoning his own family with not enough resources to survive. I would like to think I would because I
acknowledged and overcame what had happened to my family and chose to move forward without dwelling in hatred and anger. I forgave, but I did
not forget. According to Lewis B. Smedes, a Christian author, ethicist, and theologian, "Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is
not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for
our future" (qtd. in Goodreads inc 3). In other words, "the bitter past" that we remember as a sad or difficult time becomes one from which we have
grown wiser. Forgiveness is an internal process that takes time and efforts to develop; it does not happen spontaneously. By letting go, we give up
our roles as victims; it is a promise to stop torturing ourselves and to fully move on. If you wait to forget before you forgive, you will live a life full
of misery and frustration. Forgiveness is a defense mechanism that protects us both from inside evil that eats us internally (such as anger and hatred)
and outside evil that we had been exposed to. It also helps us to recover after grieving time had passed. Forgiving is not about forgetting; it is about
the decision to let
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Forgive And Never Forget Essay
Confucius is quoted as saying, "Our greatest glory is in never falling but in rising every time we fall. If we embrace our failures along with our
successes, learning from each, we will grow and achieve. The only people who do not fail are those who fail to try.
A little known formula for success is that success happens because of failure. Legend has it that Thomas Edison attempted 1000 different filaments
before successfully creating the electric light bulb. When asked if he ever felt discouraged with so many failures, he answered none of his attempts
were failures. They were each successful experiments in finding what didn't work!
Trial and error are usually the prime means of solving life's problems. Yet many people are afraid to undertake...show more content...
Some people think it's holding that makes one strong. Sometimes it's letting go. If you "forgive, but never forget" – can you ever truly move on?
It's time to re–evaluate what we think we know about forgiveness. Often, forgetting the harm someone has done to you seems nearly impossible.
Many of us bear scars that speak of a painful time. What do we do when, we have experiences that are so painful we cannot forget? If we cannot
forget, how can we forgive?
Forgive and forget are not synonymous. Forgive and forget," makes perfect sense. Forgetting is the same as pretending it as though it never happened.
Forgiveness is about personal power, about attaining peace, about looking forward with hope. Some helpful exercises in the process of letting go:
Remember the offense in order to fully let it go. Say out loud, "I forgive you." Or as was easier for me, "I lay down my hurt (or anger, or downright
hostility) and choose to go on." Forgive yourself along with them. Live a victorious life. Finding peace in letting go will set you free. You'll have
more energy, and a desire to face forward with anticipation. Remembering bequeaths compassion, empathy and the will to see to it that others don't
suffer as you did. Forgive. But please don't
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People are taught to "forgive and forget" in order to be happy, afterall living with a grudge can being a serious damper in ones life.
It may be easy to forgive a friend, or even a stranger depending on the situation, but what if the person that had to be forgiven was themselves?
In the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, the story is told through multiple points of view. Each member of the Price family is noticeably
different, and each have their own inner demons. As each character is unlike, the way they handle their guilt, and search for forgiveness are also
different. Some characters like Orleanna Price are forgiven by the end of the novel, and others, such as Nathan Price are not as fortunate. In this story
the biggest...show more content...
As a soldier stationed in the Philippines, Nathan ran away from the fray when he was wounded by piece of shrapnel. While in hiding, his unit would
meet their death in the infamous Bataan Death March. Nathan is the only one to in his unit to survive. This is root of his guilt and the influence of
his actions, for the rest of the story. Nathan, forever guilty of his cowardice, is permanently scarred. "Hounded by what happened in a Philippine
Jungle and the ghosts of a thousand men who didn't escape it, his steadfast disdain for cowardice turned to obsession" (Kingsolver,96) Nathan even
receives the Purple Heart for "surviving" the war, the medal isn't for heroism or bravery, its for being wounded. It's a medal of failure, that further
provokes Nathan's shame. After the war is when Nathan began his strict devotion Christianity, what the reader witnesses throughout the story. This is
what leads him to Kilanga, willingly putting his family in danger to spread the name of the lord, in hope of redemption. Nathan's guilt at having
escaped the Bataan death march has twisted his belief in God, he sees God as one who punishes and rewards strictly on the basis of merit. He lives
trying to earn his, by pushing the teaching of Christianity to the Congolese. Nathan masks his cowardice using a sort of "divine right". He uses god to
justify every decision he makes, disregarding anyone elses opinion. "father needs permission only from the Saviour"
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Tuesdays with Morrie Forgiveness is something that everyone struggles with at some point. Forgiving anyone can take time and is sometimes
very hard to accomplish. In Tuesday's with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, we learn that it is essential to forgive ourselves by letting go of our regrets
because what we have now may not always be there. It is always important to look at life as it is now with a positive view, holding a grudge will
only damage your response to living. Morrie really emphasizes the importance of forgiveness in this lesson. "I mourn my dwindling time, but I
cherish the chance it gives me to make things right" (Albom 167). He explains that in times, especially of need, your eyes are more open to the
surrounding world. All of our biggest regrets come floating back into our minds the moment we believe that our lives are over. Morrie is trying to
give Mitch a message saying to forgive people while we have the chance because sometimes we are put in situations where we can not change what we
did wrong....show more content...
Then forgive others" (164). In this lesson, we learn the importance of ourselves by putting ourselves before others, unlike we were taught. In order to
forgive others we must accept the mistakes we have made and learn how to deal with them. Forgiving ourselves, just like forgiving others, can be
very hard and we may struggle to accept what we did. It can also be very frustrating and heart breaking, but what we feel afterwards is
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What Is Love And Forgiveness Essay
"Love and Forgiveness" We say that "Love and Forgiveness" are just words that shows an intimate attitude towards the people around us and can
affect the relationship between a person to another individual like in love, where love shows a very strong felling of affection to that specific person
and forgiveness is a voluntary act where you approach the person with an attitude in regards of what offense you did and say "sorry" but these two
words "Love" and "Forgiveness" are things that is hard to give or to be entrusted with someone if we see that they don't deserve it. Learning how to
love and to forgive is very important especially in this generation where people tend to have a stubborn heart because of hurts that was experienced and
leads...show more content...
Martin Luther King Jr. once said that "forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude" it says here that forgiveness is not only when they
offended you but in every time and this attitude should never change because it bring a great effect to the society. Without love and forgiveness, you
will live in bitterness which results in more pain to endure and it is not healthy
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Forgive and Forget Essay
The rage that first overtook Achilles in the Iliad eventually subsides to compromise with his king, reconciliation with his enemies, and complete
acceptance of his fate. The quarrel that incites Achilles anger is never resolved but is instead put into the past by a compromise with Agamemnon.
Achilles' anger over the death of Patrokolus rages until the death and disgrace of Hector. Only through avenging his fallen comrade can Achilles accept
his fate and quell his fury. After the disgrace of Hector and the ransoming of his body, a complete and meaningful reconciliation between Priam and
Achilles resolves the epic. All the rage, death, and destruction of the Iliad are ended in a quiet and meaningful reconciliation between Priam and...show
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Achilles has lost what is most dear to him, his friend and lover Patrokolus. Lying in the arms of his fallen comrade, Achilles is visited by his mother,
who brings replacement armor from the god Hephaestus and words of advice. "Go then and summon into assembly the fighting Achaeans,/ and
unsay your anger against Agamemnon" (I,19.34–35) . Achilles, realizing his quarrel has indirectly led to the death of Patrokolus, is willing to
make amends now in order to avenge his friend: "Son of Atreus... Now I am making an end of my anger. It does not become me unrelentingly to
rage on" (I.19,56–68). Agamemnon, too proud to make true reconciliation, compromises, blaming his hateful words on the gods. "The
Achaeans have spoken often against me/ and found fault with me in it, yet I am not responsible/ but Zeus is, and Destiny, and Erinys the mist–walking
/ who in assembly caught my ear in the savage delusion/ on that day I myself stripped from him the prize of Achilles" (I.19,85–89).
Reconciliation between the king and Achilles is more of a compromise than true reconciliation. Agamemnon still refuses to accept any personal
responsibility for the argument, while Achilles wishes "to remember our joy in war craft immediately" (I.19,148) and fight for the
vengeance of his fallen Patrokolus.
Still seething with anger, Achilles redirects his energy to fulfilling his fate by killing Hector. In killing Hector, Achilles
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Forgiveness And Forgiveness : Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a topic that is relevant to every person who has ever lived. We all need forgiveness, and we all need to give forgiveness. However,
before we can tackle what forgiveness is, we need to address some faulty thinking when it comes to forgiveness. There are several things that
forgiveness is not. It is not having a good feeling towards the person who wronged you. If you are waiting to feel good towards the person who hurt
you, you are going to wait a long time. Forgiveness is not simply a feeling. Forgiveness is also not ignoring the offense or forgetting that it ever
happened. You cannot pretend something didn't happen. Forgiveness does not mean restoring full trust to that person again or having the exact same
relationship....show more content...
God is perfect, and cannot forget anything, but forgetting is a passive human trait. Choosing not to remember is active, and that is choosing not to hold
sin against another by not bringing it up again, or shaming another person with it, or using it against a person in any way. Forgiveness brings
consequences. The offense committed may mean that we cannot trust that person again, and that is not wrong. It would be wrong, however, to refuse
to ever trust that person by not accepting any efforts to establish trust. There can also be other serious consequences of sin, and those consequences do
not make you unforgiving. "There is no promise in Scripture that God's forgiveness will eradicate all the consequences of sin." Forgiveness means
resisting thoughts of revenge. Forgiveness means wishing the other person well and having sympathy for them. It means praying for them. Forgiveness
seeks reconciliation and always being willing to serve them (Exodus 23:4).
Choosing not to forgive can have serious consequences. Bitterness begins to rule the life of an unforgiving person. He finds himself filled with anger
and mistrust of other people. He only speaks to those who sympathize with his hurt and do not challenge him. The hurt he has experienced becomes the
center of his life and his motivation for everything he does. The incident controls him. "Facts are skewed, information is twisted, and sometimes reality
is ignored in order to justify
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Definition Essay On Forgiveness
You have heard the term forgive and forget but what is forgiveness? The book definition of forgiveness is the action or process of forgiving or
being forgiven. When you forgive someone you stop being so vexed or resentful towards anyone for any error they have done to you. Forgiving is
the first step to finding peace in a unwholesome situation that has occurred in your life. For example, a drunk driver strikes your car and you are
paralyzed from your waist down. You have two alternatives, you can despise and feel anger towards the person and be miserable, letting it destroy
you on the inside or you can forgive them, feel tranquility and work on rebuilding yourself. If you continue to blame them for their actions and dislike
them, you will
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Theme Of Forgiveness In Persepolis

  • 1. Theme Of Forgiveness In Persepolis "One can forgive, but one should never forget". Forgiveness is a main idea in the award–winning and compelling novel, Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. It is mentioned throughout the novel numerous times, which can be seen as surprising. The novel is very sensitive, very detailed, and very brutal in many areas. One may think it is absurd how many times "forgiveness" is mentioned. However, the fact that a child is able to look past the smoke–filled air and shouts of violence in the streets, and have enough love in her heart to focus on forgiveness, speaks volumes for what the basis of the novel is about, as well as the message that is being sent out to the world for the future days to come. In Persepolis, stories are told from young Marjane's perspective. In almost every story, things are happening in her town that are causing conflict to her neighbors, her friends, and her close family. In particular, the story titled "Kim Wilde", Marjane is the center of the conflict. Ladies from the Women's Branch of the Guardians of The Revolution caught her on the street wearing Nike sneakers and a blue jean jacket adorned with a Michael Jackson pinback button. She was questioned and taken into further hands, but pleaded her case and was released from any further questioning. It is unfathomable to even think about myself, being stopped as I walk across campus at Mississippi University for Women, getting stopped and questioned (even perhaps, punished) for what I am wearing. However, things Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 2. Why We Should Always Be Forgiven Even though some people can hold a grudge for a lifetime, forgiveness is something people should do, because things could happen, and a friend or loved one would never know that they had been forgiven. Follow Matthew 6:14–15 and people should always be forgiven. Forgiveness may be the answer for keeping a friendship together for a lifetime. First and foremost, a tragic thing could happen to a friend that wasn't forgiven. Things will always happen in a friendship that others will not like; however, you can do things to fix that, so forgive them because today might be the last day that they are on this Earth. The last thing said to them should be forgiveness and not "I hate you, I never want to see you again." If a friend crosses the line, talk to them and figure out what was wrong, and try to work through the difficult time without having hatred...show more content... Forgiveness sets you free of the burden of hatred against another. Friendship has its ups and downs, but it all should be based on the forgiveness of others. "Forgive and you will be forgiven," Luke 6:37. However, sitting a corner and doing nothing seems like a good alternative, that will not bring a friend out of hatred, forgiveness is the only way to do that. Last, but certainly not least is it can save a friendship. Forgiveness may not be easy to grant if a friend stole, or hurt another, but do what is possible to get that friend back. Talk about the situation with the friend and work out a way to say the beautiful friendship that has been created throughout the years. Look for the good in the bad situation to help forgiveness come to light. Forgiveness may just be the only way to save a friendship. Although many people can hold grudges for silly things, forgiveness is always the answer for anything that happens. If forgiveness isn't possible listen to God, and follow his words about forgiveness . Keeping a friendship for a lifetime may just be based on Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 3. Can Forgiveness Be More Powerful Than Hate Night Assignment: Can forgiveness be more powerful than hate Forgiveness and hate are two of the strongest and hardest emotions of humans. Each emotion is connected by a power of control, and can be determine by an individual action. Forgiveness has the possibility to allow someone to move beyond hate, resentment and the desire for revenge on settling the score of those who caused the harm and pain. Forgiveness is a positive act that releases the power of hate and angry for the other person and gain all power within themselves. It also leads to a life of spiritual, mental, physical and emotional peace, and joy. One cannot force forgiveness. It takes the mental capacity of beinganger free which come at each person's personal time. ...show more content... Some survivors may feel holding grudges of resentment, vengeance and hostility can take control of their everyday life. It hinders their living and mental state. To release the some of the pain through forgiveness allow them to live somewhat of descent life. The Bible states "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest, for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil," (OFFICIAL KING JAMES BIBLE ONLINE, Luke 6:35). This shows the point that God is love, not hate, and to receive your reward is to be a child of God one must show forth loving their enemies not hating them for the choices they have made. Allowing negative feelings to cloud out your judgment, leaves no room for positivity from God in your life. The Bible also states, "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord," (OFFICIAL KING JAMES BIBLE ONLINE, Romans 12:19). There is no need for one to bring forth revenge. God will provide revenge on all those who He sees fit. He is peace and He created evil. This is His creation to bring down judgement and justice. Revenge and judgement is not our job; however, it is God's job. "Forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you," (OFFICIAL KING JAMES BIBLE ONLINE, Ephesians 4:32). Each sin or wrongdoing, we commit in our lives, we expect the Creator to forgive us. Then we should also provide that same treatment of forgiveness to others. From the novel night, Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor stated when the war was finally over, "Even when we were no longer hungry, not one of us thought of revenge," (Wiesel, 115) This showed great power with the Jews. After everything they went through the years of torment, Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 4. Speech On Forgive Yourself Forgiveness Begins With Forgiving Yourself By Carol King Aug 10, 2008 The kindest and most compassionate thing you can do for yourself and others is to forgive yourself. We are often told that we should forgive others, the old saying "forgive and forget" is thrown around constantly, so you make an effort to forgive those who you feel have wronged you in some way and you find it almost impossible to do. Why is that? It is possibly because you have not yet learned how to forgive yourself. In terms of self–help a better saying to use would be "charity begins at home" or in this case charity begins with self. You cannot freely give to the world that which you do not give to yourself. Just as you cannot truly love someone without first loving yourself, you cannot forgive someone without forgiving yourself. When you learn to forgive yourself then and only then will you be able to forgive others. Paradoxically though, when you learn to forgive yourself you will in turn find that you have nothing to forgive others for....show more content... This part of you, which essentially is part of your ego, does not want you to be free of it because ego does not want to relinquish control. Free yourself from this viscous pattern of behavior for it has the ability to murder your spirit. It is possible to spend your entire life blaming yourself for this and that, feeling guilty because you did this or that and living in fear of the consequences of this and that. This way of living has you immobilized because you are dwelling in the past (the guilt and blame for what has been) and you cannot enjoy your future (for fear of the consequences of what has been). There is only on solution, you must give yourself the ultimate gift, the gift of Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 5. What Does It Mean To Be Forgiven Mueller suggest in our textbook that Holy Absolution is sacramental. Therefore, according to Mueller and Jesus after his resurrection appeared to his disciples, gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, here are the five (5) characteristics or qualities of a "means of grace" in connection to the scriptures understanding of Absolution are as follows: 1.Forgive or withheld "If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld", in John 20:23 2.Confess is encouraged "Confess your sins to one another", in James 5:16 3.Forgiveness is not limited in scope or duration, in Matthew 18:18 4.Reconciliation that comes from honest confession and gracious absolution is important, in Matthew Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 6. To Forgive or Not to Forgive Essay To Forgive or Not to Forgive Debt is a substantial problem facing many countries in the world today. Some of the more economically stable countries are able to pay off their debt through strategic budget planning. However, there are many countries that constantly struggle to solve their debt problems. In response of this issue, the IMF and the World Bank have designed a framework to provide special assistance for heavily indebtedpoor countries that pursue IMF and World Bank supported adjustment and reform programs. This framework has been called the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative; it is also known as the HIPC Initiative. In this paper, I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of the HIPC Initiative. My main...show more content... In September 1996, the IMF and the World Bank launched a program to address this situation. The HIPC Initiative is designed to provide exceptional assistance to eligible countries following sound economic policies to help them reduce their external debt burden to sustainable levels. Since 1996, the HIPC Initiative has had several successes in its development. A total of 23 countries reached their decision point under the enhanced HIPC Initiative by September 2001. The decision point is the phase in the Initiative process where a debt sustainability analysis will be carried out to determine the current external debt situation of the country. A total of $20.7 billion of debt relief in net present value terms ($33.9 billion in nominal debt service relief) has been committed to the 23 decision point countries under the HIPC Initiative. Combined with traditional debt relief and likely additional bilateral debt forgiveness, the HIPC Initiative will reduce the debt stock of the 23 countries by almost two–thirds from $54 billion in net present value terms to roughly $20 billion (International Monetary Fund, 2000). Despite these optimistic progressions, there have been several challenges to keeping the HIPC Initiative an Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 7. Persuasive Essay : The Power Of Forgiveness? Mireille Lukusa Westover English 1301 Nov 6th 2017 The Power of Forgiveness Jonathan Lockwood Hule once said, "Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace." Not forgiving only means that you're hurting yourself. Forgiveness is one of the most difficult things that one can do in their lives, but there are myriad of things to do if you want to feel free in your life. The word "forgive" makes people wonder if forgiveness is something that can just come easily to one's heart. The word "forgive," which has the meaning of granting, giving and allowing, is a Latin word for "perdonare" which means "to give completely, without reservation" and is the source meaning of our English word "pardon."...show more content... Having to free others from your heart means that you are allowing yourself to be happy again. Your heart is a big prison and the real prisoner is actually yourself. As researchers have determined that the power of forgiveness protects a person from negative effects of stress on mental health. They wrote "We found that lifetime stress severity was unrelated to mental health for persons who were highest in forgivingness, significantly associated with poorer mental health for persons exhibiting moderate levels of forgivingness, and most strongly related to poorer mental health for participants exhibiting the lowest levels of forgivingness," People need to live their life unapologetically because no one is really in charge of what others say or do. Holding unto the bad things that have been done to you is not worth the discomfort, anger and depression that it bring you. A great example of the power of forgiveness is the story behind Matthew West's song Forgiveness, is about a woman named Renee whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, but she found a place in her heart to forgive her daughter's killer and even went so far as to the court and asked for his sentence to be cut in half. they are now working together to stop other from drinking while driving. One must Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 8. Reflective Essay About Forgiveness As simple as forgiving seems it isn't always so straight forward. It is complex with multi variables and moving parts. Sometimes it is merely "I'm sorry" and other times it is a hell of a lot more than that. In my case, it was a lot more than that. Forgiveness is a reaction that can take anywhere from seconds to years. It took me approximately four years to forgive the person who caused me grave pain. I wanted to forgive her sooner but the mind doesn't always function the way you would like it to. To back track, two weeks before Christmas of 2010 my mother didn't come home one night after work. Turns out she had spent all her money and had blacked out somewhere. I soon found out she had a drug and alcohol addiction. At that time, she worked as a bartender in Baltimore City. When I found out about her addiction, my initial feelings were of hurt, pain and confusion of what that meant and what was to come. All the feelings I had were appropriate and eventually went away. It was after that when all I felt was sheer anger. At some points even rage, my entire life had changed without an explanation. I moved in with my father and his wife, I went to a new school and etcetera. At the beginning, I was unable to speak to my mother. We could only communicate through letters that took a long time to receive. Before I could even read them, they were pre–read. It was disheartening to read already opened letters... There is something satisfying about opening a letter addressed to you, Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 9. Timed Writing In life you will encounter many instances where you get betrayed and hurt by people. When people get hurt or betrayed they usually don't forgive easily, although eventually they do forgive. But some do not forgive what happened and when they do that it is not healthy. A reason we should forgive people and what they did is because you will try to avoid the person who wronged you and if you were close to them before or are friends with your friends then your grudge will destroy your social life and your bonds with your other friends because they will not wanna hang out with you if you are always angry at one of their friends and they will think that if they make a mistake you won't forgive them so they will try to talk to you Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 10. Speech On Forgiveness Increase Self Esteem, by practicing Forgiveness Forgiveness is a very powerful and rare quality. When we forgive someone, we indirectly reveal something about our inner nature. When we don't forgive, we continue to hold onto our bad feelings and inner anguish against the person. The ability to forgive doesn't come easily to everybody, and when practiced, it sets us apart from others, and brings us respect. Unforgiving people often feel that they are victims of other people's unacceptable behaviour. This victim mentality, can build up a list of things the other person has done & increase the resentment and anger inside us. Forgiveness releases these negative feelings, and helps people come together. When a person views himself as a victim, he experiences pain. At times, it...show more content... Who should we forgive? Perhaps the simplest answer is – everyone! We can be more forgiving: пѓјBy recognizing our own faults – we will then be able to forgive other's faults пѓјBy not placing such high standards on others пѓјBy realizing that our values are different from other's пѓјBy trying to see things from the other person's viewpoint as well пѓјBy analysing what kind of a person are we? Are we perfect? Would we like others to forgive us when we make a mistake? пѓјBy asking ourselves what we will gain or lose by not forgiving someone i.e. list the benefits and the negatives, (there will be many more negatives). Then make a list of what are the benefits and negatives of forgiving that person, (we will actually see many more positives) ... Soon, we will be able to understand, appreciate and practice the positives and benefits of forgiving. Can we delay learning the art of forgiving, and improving our self–esteem? There is an obvious Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 11. Forgiveness Reflection Forgiveness is a concept that most people do not understand, and I must admit I was one of those people before I took the class. My experience with this concept was mainly through church sermons where the pastor explained God forgave us of our sins to restore a relationship with us. Therefore, my definition was clouded by these sermons and I would have said forgiveness was saying you are sorry no matter who was at fault, showing remorse for your actions, changing your actions, and reconciling to the point of being civil to the person that had wronged you. Thankfully, because of the class Forgiveness & Communication, I have obtained information that will empower me to move forward toward a more forgiving life style. Through class lecture, class participation, and different types of resources I have learned many things including, the need to forgive, what forgiveness is not, what forgiveness is, effective methods of letting go, and the tools to know if you have truly forgiven and are now different. The need to forgive affects us physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually. The intensity and duration of the unforgiveness can cause it to become debilitative. Accordingly, unforgiveness does not affect the other person, it affects you negatively. For instance, like the quote of Marianne Williamson "unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die." Research shows a lot of our sicknesses such as high blood pressure and heart trouble are intensified by the lack of our not letting go of past hurts. Mentally we spend time thinking about a past transgression more than we spend time thinking about happy events in our lives. I think it is like ivy growing in your mind, you first think the ivy is pretty but then it starts to grow and eventually covers the wall of your mind and chokes out all other flowering vegetation, leaving you with only the transgression and no beautiful memories. If we do not forgive it will affect our relationships and can eventually cause the relationship to cease to be. Lastly, our spiritual growth can be hampered by our lack of forgiving and we cannot have peace in our lives. Booker T Washington once said, "the moment I begin to hate a man Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 12. We can Forgive but We Can't Forget Recently I found myself thinking about what would happen if as an adult I encountered my father who left us when I was a kid. I was wondering if I would be able to forgive him for abandoning his own family with not enough resources to survive. I would like to think I would because I acknowledged and overcame what had happened to my family and chose to move forward without dwelling in hatred and anger. I forgave, but I did not forget. According to Lewis B. Smedes, a Christian author, ethicist, and theologian, "Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future" (qtd. in Goodreads inc 3). In other words, "the bitter past" that we remember as a sad or difficult time becomes one from which we have grown wiser. Forgiveness is an internal process that takes time and efforts to develop; it does not happen spontaneously. By letting go, we give up our roles as victims; it is a promise to stop torturing ourselves and to fully move on. If you wait to forget before you forgive, you will live a life full of misery and frustration. Forgiveness is a defense mechanism that protects us both from inside evil that eats us internally (such as anger and hatred) and outside evil that we had been exposed to. It also helps us to recover after grieving time had passed. Forgiving is not about forgetting; it is about the decision to let Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 13. Forgive And Never Forget Essay Confucius is quoted as saying, "Our greatest glory is in never falling but in rising every time we fall. If we embrace our failures along with our successes, learning from each, we will grow and achieve. The only people who do not fail are those who fail to try. A little known formula for success is that success happens because of failure. Legend has it that Thomas Edison attempted 1000 different filaments before successfully creating the electric light bulb. When asked if he ever felt discouraged with so many failures, he answered none of his attempts were failures. They were each successful experiments in finding what didn't work! Trial and error are usually the prime means of solving life's problems. Yet many people are afraid to undertake...show more content... Some people think it's holding that makes one strong. Sometimes it's letting go. If you "forgive, but never forget" – can you ever truly move on? It's time to re–evaluate what we think we know about forgiveness. Often, forgetting the harm someone has done to you seems nearly impossible. Many of us bear scars that speak of a painful time. What do we do when, we have experiences that are so painful we cannot forget? If we cannot forget, how can we forgive? Forgive and forget are not synonymous. Forgive and forget," makes perfect sense. Forgetting is the same as pretending it as though it never happened. Forgiveness is about personal power, about attaining peace, about looking forward with hope. Some helpful exercises in the process of letting go: Remember the offense in order to fully let it go. Say out loud, "I forgive you." Or as was easier for me, "I lay down my hurt (or anger, or downright hostility) and choose to go on." Forgive yourself along with them. Live a victorious life. Finding peace in letting go will set you free. You'll have more energy, and a desire to face forward with anticipation. Remembering bequeaths compassion, empathy and the will to see to it that others don't suffer as you did. Forgive. But please don't Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 14. People are taught to "forgive and forget" in order to be happy, afterall living with a grudge can being a serious damper in ones life. It may be easy to forgive a friend, or even a stranger depending on the situation, but what if the person that had to be forgiven was themselves? In the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, the story is told through multiple points of view. Each member of the Price family is noticeably different, and each have their own inner demons. As each character is unlike, the way they handle their guilt, and search for forgiveness are also different. Some characters like Orleanna Price are forgiven by the end of the novel, and others, such as Nathan Price are not as fortunate. In this story the biggest...show more content... As a soldier stationed in the Philippines, Nathan ran away from the fray when he was wounded by piece of shrapnel. While in hiding, his unit would meet their death in the infamous Bataan Death March. Nathan is the only one to in his unit to survive. This is root of his guilt and the influence of his actions, for the rest of the story. Nathan, forever guilty of his cowardice, is permanently scarred. "Hounded by what happened in a Philippine Jungle and the ghosts of a thousand men who didn't escape it, his steadfast disdain for cowardice turned to obsession" (Kingsolver,96) Nathan even receives the Purple Heart for "surviving" the war, the medal isn't for heroism or bravery, its for being wounded. It's a medal of failure, that further provokes Nathan's shame. After the war is when Nathan began his strict devotion Christianity, what the reader witnesses throughout the story. This is what leads him to Kilanga, willingly putting his family in danger to spread the name of the lord, in hope of redemption. Nathan's guilt at having escaped the Bataan death march has twisted his belief in God, he sees God as one who punishes and rewards strictly on the basis of merit. He lives trying to earn his, by pushing the teaching of Christianity to the Congolese. Nathan masks his cowardice using a sort of "divine right". He uses god to justify every decision he makes, disregarding anyone elses opinion. "father needs permission only from the Saviour" Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 15. Tuesdays with Morrie Forgiveness is something that everyone struggles with at some point. Forgiving anyone can take time and is sometimes very hard to accomplish. In Tuesday's with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, we learn that it is essential to forgive ourselves by letting go of our regrets because what we have now may not always be there. It is always important to look at life as it is now with a positive view, holding a grudge will only damage your response to living. Morrie really emphasizes the importance of forgiveness in this lesson. "I mourn my dwindling time, but I cherish the chance it gives me to make things right" (Albom 167). He explains that in times, especially of need, your eyes are more open to the surrounding world. All of our biggest regrets come floating back into our minds the moment we believe that our lives are over. Morrie is trying to give Mitch a message saying to forgive people while we have the chance because sometimes we are put in situations where we can not change what we did wrong....show more content... Then forgive others" (164). In this lesson, we learn the importance of ourselves by putting ourselves before others, unlike we were taught. In order to forgive others we must accept the mistakes we have made and learn how to deal with them. Forgiving ourselves, just like forgiving others, can be very hard and we may struggle to accept what we did. It can also be very frustrating and heart breaking, but what we feel afterwards is Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 16. What Is Love And Forgiveness Essay "Love and Forgiveness" We say that "Love and Forgiveness" are just words that shows an intimate attitude towards the people around us and can affect the relationship between a person to another individual like in love, where love shows a very strong felling of affection to that specific person and forgiveness is a voluntary act where you approach the person with an attitude in regards of what offense you did and say "sorry" but these two words "Love" and "Forgiveness" are things that is hard to give or to be entrusted with someone if we see that they don't deserve it. Learning how to love and to forgive is very important especially in this generation where people tend to have a stubborn heart because of hurts that was experienced and leads...show more content... Martin Luther King Jr. once said that "forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude" it says here that forgiveness is not only when they offended you but in every time and this attitude should never change because it bring a great effect to the society. Without love and forgiveness, you will live in bitterness which results in more pain to endure and it is not healthy Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 17. Forgive and Forget Essay The rage that first overtook Achilles in the Iliad eventually subsides to compromise with his king, reconciliation with his enemies, and complete acceptance of his fate. The quarrel that incites Achilles anger is never resolved but is instead put into the past by a compromise with Agamemnon. Achilles' anger over the death of Patrokolus rages until the death and disgrace of Hector. Only through avenging his fallen comrade can Achilles accept his fate and quell his fury. After the disgrace of Hector and the ransoming of his body, a complete and meaningful reconciliation between Priam and Achilles resolves the epic. All the rage, death, and destruction of the Iliad are ended in a quiet and meaningful reconciliation between Priam and...show more content... Achilles has lost what is most dear to him, his friend and lover Patrokolus. Lying in the arms of his fallen comrade, Achilles is visited by his mother, who brings replacement armor from the god Hephaestus and words of advice. "Go then and summon into assembly the fighting Achaeans,/ and unsay your anger against Agamemnon" (I,19.34–35) . Achilles, realizing his quarrel has indirectly led to the death of Patrokolus, is willing to make amends now in order to avenge his friend: "Son of Atreus... Now I am making an end of my anger. It does not become me unrelentingly to rage on" (I.19,56–68). Agamemnon, too proud to make true reconciliation, compromises, blaming his hateful words on the gods. "The Achaeans have spoken often against me/ and found fault with me in it, yet I am not responsible/ but Zeus is, and Destiny, and Erinys the mist–walking / who in assembly caught my ear in the savage delusion/ on that day I myself stripped from him the prize of Achilles" (I.19,85–89). Reconciliation between the king and Achilles is more of a compromise than true reconciliation. Agamemnon still refuses to accept any personal responsibility for the argument, while Achilles wishes "to remember our joy in war craft immediately" (I.19,148) and fight for the vengeance of his fallen Patrokolus. Still seething with anger, Achilles redirects his energy to fulfilling his fate by killing Hector. In killing Hector, Achilles Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 18. Forgiveness And Forgiveness : Forgiveness Forgiveness is a topic that is relevant to every person who has ever lived. We all need forgiveness, and we all need to give forgiveness. However, before we can tackle what forgiveness is, we need to address some faulty thinking when it comes to forgiveness. There are several things that forgiveness is not. It is not having a good feeling towards the person who wronged you. If you are waiting to feel good towards the person who hurt you, you are going to wait a long time. Forgiveness is not simply a feeling. Forgiveness is also not ignoring the offense or forgetting that it ever happened. You cannot pretend something didn't happen. Forgiveness does not mean restoring full trust to that person again or having the exact same relationship....show more content... God is perfect, and cannot forget anything, but forgetting is a passive human trait. Choosing not to remember is active, and that is choosing not to hold sin against another by not bringing it up again, or shaming another person with it, or using it against a person in any way. Forgiveness brings consequences. The offense committed may mean that we cannot trust that person again, and that is not wrong. It would be wrong, however, to refuse to ever trust that person by not accepting any efforts to establish trust. There can also be other serious consequences of sin, and those consequences do not make you unforgiving. "There is no promise in Scripture that God's forgiveness will eradicate all the consequences of sin." Forgiveness means resisting thoughts of revenge. Forgiveness means wishing the other person well and having sympathy for them. It means praying for them. Forgiveness seeks reconciliation and always being willing to serve them (Exodus 23:4). Choosing not to forgive can have serious consequences. Bitterness begins to rule the life of an unforgiving person. He finds himself filled with anger and mistrust of other people. He only speaks to those who sympathize with his hurt and do not challenge him. The hurt he has experienced becomes the center of his life and his motivation for everything he does. The incident controls him. "Facts are skewed, information is twisted, and sometimes reality is ignored in order to justify Get more content on HelpWriting.net
  • 19. Definition Essay On Forgiveness You have heard the term forgive and forget but what is forgiveness? The book definition of forgiveness is the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven. When you forgive someone you stop being so vexed or resentful towards anyone for any error they have done to you. Forgiving is the first step to finding peace in a unwholesome situation that has occurred in your life. For example, a drunk driver strikes your car and you are paralyzed from your waist down. You have two alternatives, you can despise and feel anger towards the person and be miserable, letting it destroy you on the inside or you can forgive them, feel tranquility and work on rebuilding yourself. If you continue to blame them for their actions and dislike them, you will Get more content on HelpWriting.net