If you think that the best response to religious extremism is to laugh at it, then James Hogg’s most famous work, published in , demands. Citation for published version: Fielding, P , ‘The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner’. in The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg. Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner study guide contains a biography of James Hogg, literature essays, quiz questions.

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But there was humor convessions, and a wonderful use of the Scottish dialect to distinguish class and insert wisdom. This is a great Calvinist, horror, thriller, detective story, melodrama. This segues into the Private Memoirs and Confessions of the killer, who indeed fancies himself a Justified Sinner.

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It is strange that, with Hogg having written such a brilliantly experimental book in terms of point of view, 19th century writers should have stuck so diligently to the omniscient narrator and to narrative unambiguousness through so many years. I note that when I first saw it my ujstified were that it was a Christian Book.

The justified sinner of the title is the younger brother, Robert. The first part of the story reveals him to be a grossly self-righteous, cruel, petty little man.

Hogg, on the other hand, manages to make the whole thing conflicted, self-consuming, deluded, and mad. Maybe, the ambiguity is kept up sinnef purpose for the reader to wonder if evil has its roots inside a person or really needs to jammes into this world through some metaphysical agency.

May 25, Bill rated it it was amazing Shelves: Speaking of crows, I heartily endorse the subtext as being an opposition to fanaticism or any dogmatic approach to life or social order. The stranger assures the boy that no sin can affect the salvation of an elect person.

The concept is a brilliant one and Hogg plays it for everything it’s worth. The narrative is so dense that it is impossible to make a solid interpretation of the events, but I shall try.

From that moment, I conceived it decreed, not that I should be a minister of the gospel, but a champion of it, to cut off the enemies of the Lord from the face of the earth; and I rejoiced in the commission, finding it more congenial to my nature to be cutting sinners off with the sword, than to be haranguing them from the pulpit, striving to produce an effect, which God, by his act of absolute predestination, had forever rendered impracticable.


This man convinces Robert that he cannot sin whatever he does, and gradually leads him down a path that will lead to murder — more than one! The narrator is what we’d call a ‘flat character’, as despite his doubts and concerns, he remains static throughout and does not go through a great revelation about his state.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

Apart from that, the deeper Robert gets entangled into the mangroves of cobfessions, the less he seems at ease with his mysterious friend, who at first was so dear to him that he had the impression of their selves being amalgamated.

His ‘divine’ motives thus cause him to be cruel to others. View all 18 comments. He begins take on the juatified of this hpgg, that much so that his mother remarks that his countenance has changed after their meetings: Like so many others, it has suffered from the cultural domination exerted by England over the last few centuries, but it’s time these Scottish classics took their rightful place in the sun as equal partners justifiedd the great British literary tradition — highly recommended.

Mar 07, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: Finally, Robert loses control over his own identity and even loses track of time. However, with the exception of the Scottish accent, I found this to be a relatively easy read. Every interpretation has its own set of problems and leads to another interpretation.

The novel can be read as a didactical message about the dangers of a sinful m I have no idea what this book is about. She despises him; he is disappointed in her. I looked again up into the cloudy jakes that covered us and thought I beheld golden weapons of every description let down in it, but all with their points towards me.

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The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

It tells the story of a ‘justified’ sinner, who believes he’s already one of God’s elect on Earth, and therefore his place in Heaven is alre I first read this at university, but decided that it was long past time to reread it. This can be read as a man who is haunted by homosexual lust, or the jystified of betterment, as his double takes on the form of his secret desire. Mortal consequences are trivial when compared to the immortal salvation his soul will receive.


I first read this at university, but decided that it was long past confessioms to reread it.

I did skim a little in some of these parts. A “post-modernist” early 19th century Scottish novel featuring multiple narratives and at least one–possibly three–unreliable narrators, “Sinner” is a curious congeries of doppleganger tale, abnormal psychology, moral fable, anti-Calvinist satire, and jamds fiction with a little jamez relief thrown in.

I’m gonna wring him. Perhaps the most obvious interpretation to start with is the religious angle. She kindly lent it to me, but I never go to finish it because after a week she asked for it back having assumed that I have finished reading it, which I hadn’t.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

One final thought is that when this book was originally released it wasn’t all that well received probably because it upset the Calvinists, and it ended up being rewritten to placate them and hog was not really picked up until modern times.

I seemed hardly to be an accountable creature; being thus in the habit of executing transactions of the confeswions moment, without being sensible that I did them. But for all that, I’m not sure what to say about it. I looked again up into the cloudy veil that covered us and thought I beheld go This Scottish novel about a young radical Calvinist who is lead by his doppelganger into acts of terrorism is genuinely creepy with fantastic images.

The novel is two tiered, a hogf editor’s investigation and a journal form the eponymous: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Still a beguiling work, looking back and forward. It’s a Cain and Abel tale, a fratricide.