Remorse(redirected from compunction)
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See also Regret.Ayenbite of Inwit (Remorse of Conscience)
Middle English version of medieval moral treatise, c. 1340. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 74]
commits suicide out of remorse for unwittingly having killed husband, Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 709]
commits suicide upon the funeral pyre of her beloved Pyrrhus for having instigated his murder. [Fr. Drama: Racine Andromaque]
commits suicide when she realizes she has married son, Oedipus. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
tormented by his memory of having saved himself from a sinking ship with 800 Muslims aboard. [Br. Lit.: Joseph Conrad Lord Jim in Magill I, 522]
magician, living alone in an Alpine castle, broods on his alienation from mankind and on his destruction of the woman he loved. [Br. Poetry: Byron “Manfred”]
crazed by guilt for inciting mother’s suicide. [Am. Lit.: Mourning Becomes Electra]
blinds self upon learning of his crimes. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
commits suicide from guilt for wife’s murder. [Br. Lit.: Othello]
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