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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Confessions: A Dramatistic Analysis of Personal Guilt Redemption Through Mortification

In this essay, the author analyzes a personal experience in which he "redeemed" himself from the feelings of guilt he experienced as a result of his behavior toward another person. He explains how his apology to that person for his unacceptable behavior functioned as "mortification," as a slaying and purgation of undesirable elements within himself. He shows how his "mortification" enabled him to achieve "purification" and "redemption" from his feelings of guilt. His use of Burkeian "dramatic form criticism" to clarify his own personal experience is an illustration of the universal applicability of Burke's view that "life is drama."

Presenter: Daniel Miller (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 106 Holmes
Time: 1:35 pm (Session III)