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The Night Nurse Essay, Research Paper The Night Nurse Grace has many meanings in the English language today. One of these meanings is to be pardoned from one?s actions. In ?The Night Nurse,? by Joyce Carol Oates, Grace Burkhardt is pardoned many times in her life. She is pardoned from dying, pardoned from her actions toward others, and eventually pardons herself from her actions. In life, we are given grace, a pardon for our actions, many times, The first example of grace being given is Grace Burkhardt?s life being saved physically. She could have died, but was instead saved, and was given more time to live. The doctors saved her life, not because they ?chose her,? but because of their job. Grace was not pardoned by the doctors, but by God, who allowed her to live a while longer on the earth. She would have died from ?pulmonary embolism,? had she not been saved by the doctors. Pulmonary embolism would have been caused by ?a ?massive? blood clot in her leg which, had it broken free? would have been carried to her heart, and would have killed her instantly. Instead of dying, at this place and time, Grace is given more time to live her life. I have experienced this type of grace many times throughout my life. Although when I first received this grace, I may have not known I was receiving it. A few instances of when I have been shown grace, is while I was driving. I took gravel roads to school, and I?ve had my share of ditches. I have been shown grace in that I have never been hurt. And the car that I was driving has never been damaged. Instead of coming out of the accident with no injuries, I could have had really serious injuries, or not have come out at all. There have been many deaths in my high school because of gravel roads, and I could have been one of those deaths, had I not been given grace to continue living. The second example of Grace receiving grace is from Harriet Zink. Grace is reunited with an old acquaintance from her past, and a painful past between the two women is brought up. Harriet was not treated kindly by Grace when they were younger. Although Grace is undeserving of forgiveness, Harriet shows Grace grace. Harriet says that she is able to forgive due to her Christian faith: ?Yes, I can forgive you, Grace Burkhardt. I?m a Christian woman. In my heart I?m empowered to forgive.? Harriet shows grace, although in their past life together, Grace was unwilling to be friendly towards Harriet. Harriet at first thought that she would not be able to show any forgiveness to Grace. ??When I saw you here, Grace Burkhardt, and I thought, ?Am I strong enough to forgive that woman? Even with Jesus? help, am I strong enough?? I didn?t know. But now I know. I am strong enough, I can forgive.? Harriet was able to look past what Grace did to her, and forgave her. In my life, this is an extremely hard thing to do. I was forgiven by God, so I need to love and forgive just as He loves and forgives me. But it is hard to ?turn the other cheek? and forgive someone for their wrongdoing against me. I am a stubborn, stubborn person, and to forgive and forget does not match my personality. If someone does something to me, I want to take revenge, and get them back. But that is not the way I should react to them. I need to forgive them, just as Christ forgave me. I act like Harriet when I need to forgive someone. In a way, Harriet got revenge on Grace, but scaring her, and getting in her face about the whole ordeal. After that is over, she had a whole new attitude. She had to get the badness out of the way before she could let the forgiveness come through to Grace. The third way grace is given in ?The Night Nurse? is how Grace pardons herself for the way she treated Harriet as a young girl. Grace?s eyes are opened to the way she treated Harriet, and tries to justify how and why she treated her the way she did. ?I tried to be nice to you. I did what I could. How am I to blame.?