Making readers depressed or necessarily agreeing with his decision is not the intention of his writing, rather, to examine their own life and situation and to contemplate death, as it is inevitable for everyone. The majority of people will more than likely be forced to face a similar choice as Clendinen. Maybe not in the same extreme measure, but the majority of people will need to render a decision for a family member who is no longer capable of making medical decisions for themselves. Clendinen's purpose is being achieved and readers should walk away from this article recognizing exactly what Clendinen’s beliefs are on death, and it ought to generate curiosity about their own thoughts and beliefs. At the very least, talk with their loved one’s before they ever become ill and find out their loved one’s wishes are.
If a person saw someone do something, they might act differently than if that person didn't do anything. One example of this is on page 97 where it says, "When you see 'um, don't give 'im no chance. Shoot for his guts. That'll double 'im over." When George heard this, he decided that if Lennie was going to die, he wanted him to die peacefully and painlessly; therefore causing George to shoot Lennie.
Although critics like Chinua Achebe disregard the importance of Kurtz’s famous last words, there is significance in evaluating the delusional yet profoundly human reaction Kurtz has in realizing that he is about to succumb to death. The dramatic repetition and exclamation of Kurtz’s final words before dying represent an awakening of the mind; Kurtz not only realizes that he is going to die, but in the process he also recognizes his own mortality and the fact that death is inevitable
As the book progresses, more and more incidents occur. Although Lennie knows his role, To stay quiet and not get into trouble, He is no longer capable of doing that basic task. So his caretaker and life long friend, George, is asked to do an unspeakable deed, to euthanize Lennie. Euthanasia is killing someone who is ill to prevent any further suffering. George has very good intentions when killing Lennie which, is why he was allowed to kill him.
He knows that if he excites himself too much, he would fail and would be history. When the reader is presented with this information, they probably pity or feel sad for Colonel Freeleigh and just want to do anything to help this man. Colonel Freeleigh, a man that who was always up for adventure, who can’t do anything now, this is basically the end of life. He also exclaims this to the nurse by arguing, “It doesn’t matter if being so alive kills a man,” (Paragraph 35). By this quote, he just means that if to live, he has to die on the inside, he wouldn’t care so much doing so.
The endings are quite similar, both end with death, and with death comes with realization of how the living are when facing death, they are fake and pretend quite often. The character’s of Tolstoy’s and Conrad’s publishings have completely different ways of living life.The frailty of life is a hidden subject in both “The Death of Ivan Ilych” and “Heart of Darkness.” Both Ivan and Marlow have their own philosophical views about life, but in the end, both have hatred for fake, pretend
Humans are a fragile species, and we are capable of dying at any moment regardless if we are ready or not. In Sherman Alexie’s “War Dances”, he illustrates the narrator’s coping with death and compares it to that of those around him. Upon figuring out that his death is no longer a looming threat, the narrator goes back to living life as if nothing happened cementing the idea that the threat of death is ever present but we choose to live as if it is not. Throughout the short story, Alexie utilizes the narrator’s experiences with the deaths of others and with the threat of his own to demonstrate the theme that death is always a possibility and there are many ways of coping with it. The narrator is hopeless about fighting his own death but utilizes humor to cope with the idea of dying.
However, he would have to spend the rest of his life thinking that he has killed his best friend, and that he can never atone for it. George’s act of violence solved one problem but, it only caused another one. Gandhi explained this best when he said, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is
Death is certain; the afterlife is not. In Hamlet many characters reminisce about death. Our protagonist, Hamlet, in particular is especially fascinated with the thought of suicide. He has trouble thinking of reasons as to why people even bother with life at all. Why go through the torments of the living when a knife will end your sorrows?
One reason George was justified in killing Lennie was that George had realized Lennie would never get better and their dream would never come true. “-I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we’d never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would” (Steinbeck 78). George wanted a better life someday for himself and for Lennie, but deep down he knew Lennie’s limitations and accepted that the dream was never meant to be.