there's only one game to play at family home evening, and it's not Monopoly. It's
the blame game. At the beginning, it's all about pinning the blame on Clarissa
(kind of like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, only a little more sinister).
Everyone blames her for not cooperating, but no one seems to have her best
interests at heart. By the end, the goal shifts to expose every single one of those
phonies. It may seem pretty simple to point a finger toward Lovelace, but
nearly everyone seems to have a hand in sending Clarissa to the grave. The
problem? Well, it doesn't exactly bring her back.
Questions About Guilt and Blame
- Let's start with the nitty-gritty: who is most responsible for Clarissa's death? Is her family just as much to blame as Lovelace, or is that way harsh?
- Taking it in the opposite
direction, who feels the most guilt for Clarissa's ultimate fate?
- Does Lovelace feel guilt for the
other women he seduced, or is his guilt just reserved for Clarissa? Heck, does
he even feel guilt about what happened to her?
- Does Clarissa ultimately blame
Chew on This
Belford helps Clarissa because of his own unresolved guilt
about being a player in his youth.
Clarissa consciously tries to avoid placing blame on others,
although she probably has the most right to do so.