The ending of In Cold Blood effectively shows the cruelness of death and how arbitrarily it chooses its victims. Nancy Clutter, a smart and intelligent young woman, had a full, eventful life ahead of her, and with the firing of a gun all that was gone. William Zinsser once said “good nonfiction writing should leave you one provocative thought,” and Capote’s in this novel is that life will go on,even after death. Even though Susan Kidwell Nancy’s friendship and future plans died the night she was murdered, Susan kept moving on and now attending the University of Kansas. Even though life brings you pain and suffering where it feels like the end for you, it too shall pass and life will slowly, yet surely, get better and that is the impression
My’yonna Pride Professor Suderman Enc1102-20946-002 Them of Innocence/Power of Literacy Theme: “Loss of Innocence and The Power of Literacy “ To live is to die and to die is to live again, in the short story fiction “Lives of the Dead,” by Tim Obrien, either seems true. When a loss of innocence is experienced traumatic events, such as death, has created awareness of evil, pain, and or suffering. Obrien experiences a loss of innocence, by death, at the age of 9, when his childhood girlfriend dies of cancer. Physical the dead may never be able to be brought back to life but, mentally, through The Power of Literacy anything is possible. Many of the Character in “Lives of the dead” are deceased; however, they are able to live again, through the power of literacy.
As the wise philosopher Albert Camus once said: “The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding” ("Albert Camus."). In the captivating short story Where Are You Going, Where Are you Been? Joyce Carol Oates is trying to show the readers that beauty and vanity can be sometimes harmful. Bored and tired of being ordinary, and still being treated as a child, the main character engaged in a rebellion that think will make her look older, more like an adult. The author also shows the readers how Connie’s obsession with her beauty, her dreaminess and carelessness of the world made her more ignorant and lack awareness.
Jeff Vandermeer's novel, Annhilation, questions the perspective of life and death by the main character, the biologist in Area-X and what that means for those living and dying inside it. Once the biologist has entered Area-X she has pretty clear perspective on what is alive versus what is dead. However, very quickly she speculates on her motivations "At the time, I was seeking oblivion, and I sought in those blank, anonymous faces, even the most painfully familiar, a kind of benign escape. A death that would not mean being dead" (Vandermeer 27). Consequently, this openness to the idea that life and death could be a flexible perspective is what allows her to reach different conclusions than the women around her.
One of the few things that are certain in life is that it eventually comes to an end, and this is a constant truth which applies to every person from every corner of the earth. Therefore, it is only natural that most authors have used the theme of death in their literary works. Beowulf’s heroic sacrifice, Hamlet’s philosophic pondering on the after-world, Poe’s attraction to the ominous and mysterious side of un-being, all show different aspects of this multi-faceted subject. In Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying”, death itself can be considered to be the protagonist, and even in the mind of a child, Vardaman, who cannot fully understand it yet, it remains an obsessive and haunting thought.
The author purpose is to tell the reader how death is not always bad or negative but that death is an important time in our lives and that it can bring families close, as the author explains throughout this story. For instance, Mr. Martin said “ In his death, my father, Glenn Martin did something he could not do in life. He brought our family together.” This quote mean that as his father was dying the family came together to support and remember him in the time he still had with him.
Survivor guilt...mental condition that occurs when a person believes they have done something wrong. I feel like survivor’s of life and death situations should not feel guilty. Survivor’s of life and death situations should not feel guilt because they didn’t do anything. But, we should not forget that some people believe survivor’s should feel guilt. My opinion on it is survivor’s should not feel guilty in a situation.
Death lurks at every corner, as all living things must eventually die. In William E. Stafford’s poem, “Traveling through the Dark,” he presents this idea as a nature-based relationship between the happenings of life and death. As Stafford is a man who acts on impulse, he demonstrates the idea that when encountering death, one should not ignore it completely, but perhaps see what is going on. In this poem, he follows his instincts and seeks to investigate a dead deer he finds at the edge of a road. Upon finding this deer, he examines it steadily, utilizing some of the five senses to confirm this death and learn something more based off this finding.
It is not everyday that a human being is offered another chance at life after death. Mo Yan’s protagonist, Ximen Nao, of the novel Life and Death are Wearing Me Out, experiences a day unlike any other when he receives a blessing to return to earth after having faced bloody execution; his return to the world of the living, however, did not go as intended. With every tantalizing offer, there existed a set of terms and conditions. Without awareness of the aforementioned terms, Ximen Nao cursed himself with the blessing he received. This novel tugs at readers’ senses of morality and of perspective.
Considering the life cycle of animals and plants in a biological way, it is obvious that the death of living bodies would help the other living organisms grow with nutrients, and the living bodies would pass away after several years, a cycle would be looped. This points out that the present world life and death are related with each other closely. In other words, death is not the end of one’s life but regenerates in this cycle, death would contribute to the present world in another way, which is the standpoint of the passage. It, from this passages, raised out one of the most traditional philosophical problems: is dead the end of life? If not, what should death be?
The Book Thief Author’s Craft “Even death has a heart” (Zusak, 242). In The Book Thief, during the late 1930’s in Munich, Germany lies a family struggling to get by. In the heart of WWII and the Holocaust, protagonist Liesel Meminger in the mourning of the death of her brother, unknown location of her father, and the disappearance of her mother, is moved to a foster home where all her adventures just begin. Hans and Rosa Hubermann, Liesel’s loving foster parents, help her through the maze of growing up, along with her best friend Rudy Steiner. Together all of them face Germany’s strict laws from the pressure of having to be a part of the Nazi Party, and the attendance of Hitler Youth for children.
The New and Lonesome Normal Joyce Oates’s “Hi Howya Doin” depicts the violence that has captured and encapsulated today’s culture. The un-deemed murder of an innocent jogger in the end of this story validates and justifies the fear that so many individuals feel. In Oates’s short story, “Hi Howya Doin”, the protagonist is depicted as a “Good-looking husky guy six-foot-four in the late twenties or early thirties, Caucasian male…..solid built as a fire hydrant, carries himself like an athlete, or an ex-athlete” (214). Through the police report, giving the description of the protagonist, Oates foretells his surprising fate at the beginning of the story which in turn, creates tension and suspense for the reader as the protagonist goes about what
Moyes’ Me Before You is flawed in many ways, but one of its truly shining points is its insistence on personal choice. From Lou’s choice to return to work after finding out about Will, to Will’s ultimate decision to end his life, the message is clear. This book tackles the topic of disability and euthanasia, and in doing so, the author poses a few unique arguments to the reader. In this novel, Moyes uses Will’s character to ask the reader to accept his choice of assisted suicide, and in doing so argues that each person has a right to choose how they die.