Tag: forgiveness

Challenging the ‘normalized’ theatricality of forgiveness 5 (2)

The world is full of binaries and we, as humans, are conditioned to compartmentalize things in our heads. The demarcation of things in black and white in a concretized manner makes it difficult to analyze the grey part let alone trace it. I get curiously reminded of Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells” as the essence of thinking truly begins in it. For example, one person betraying the other in a relationship leads to heartbreak and eventually the conflict is ‘resolved’ only when the one who betrayed apologizes. The acceptance of apology normally results in a “patch-up” owing to the act of forgiveness. This is where the idea of conditionality associated with forgiveness comes in which includes the involvement of two participants-the victim and the guilty as a result of the impact of the Abrahamic tradition.

Book Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan 5 (6)

Atonement opens on a scorching summer day in 1935 at the medieval estate of the Tallis family. Thirteen-year-old Briony composes a play to celebrate the return of her elder brother. While taking a break from rehearsal, she watches her older sister Cecilia and Robbie, the son of their servant having an argument over an old […]