Guilty Conscience

What can we trust if we cannot trust our own memory? Why is it that two eye witness accounts of the same incident differ so wildly? Memory is not a snapshot of an event; it is a recollection colored by our emotions at the time and in the present, by our biases, by our personal experiences, and by our involvement in the event. Emotions like fear and joy can tint our memory negatively or positively, and completely change the truth of the scene to us. However, guilt can be the most powerful influence over an emotion. It twists the truth to make us seem worse or better, or it could make us forget entirely to protect ourselves.

These authors and creators use the impact of guilt on memory to create an unreliable narrative that will baffle audiences for all time.

Memento

The Sixth Sense

Atonement

Six Character’s in Search of an Author

Annotated Bibliography

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