Having outlived both her children, Mrs. Webb’s life goes on in Grover’s Corners. From the grave, her daughter Emily asks the Stage Manager, “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? - every, every minute?” Emily has a unique perspective because she is dead and wishes that everyone could appreciate life while they are living it. Emily’s insight emphasizes that time is short for the living. Even after great loss, it is important that Mrs. Webb move forward.
Despite the fact that all the short stories deal with the theme of loss they deal with this theme differently. To begin, Ursula K. le Guin presents the theme of loss through Gwilan, and the loss of both her harp and her husband. While traveling Gwilans cart crashes and in the crash her harp is destroyed. “she did not take out a harp, but a piece of wood, and another piece, and a tangle of strings, and a sliver of ivory, and a twisted shell of silver chased with lines...” (Guin) After crashing Gwilan is forced to deal with the loss of her favorite harp. She decided that to deal with this loss she would marry Torm.
A husband and wife spending the last days of a love one’s life. I wonder why she was carrying the pumpkins on her own without the help of Clark. But then it dawns on me that she was sick and her strong will not to give or let this illness defeat her purpose to carve the pumpkins. Also I think the daughter was wicked for the letters that she sent. Although we have no knowledge if the daughter knew Allison was sick with cancer or not.
Her troubles begin when she loses her health and mental stability as a result of the pneumonia outbreak ravaging her city. Eventually, Johnsy loses her will to live, deciding she wants to die when a vine outside her window sheds its last leaf. However, because she wishes to die she soon experiences another loss when one of her closest friends, Mr. Behrman, succumbs to the cold after saving Johnsy's life by painting a leaf on the wall outside her window so the vine appeared never to lose all of its leaves. How Johnsy and the other characters reacted to the losses she experienced illustrated the life lesson that one person's actions affect those around that person. Johnsy reacted poorly to losing her health, wishing death upon herself and prompting her friend to tell Mr. Behrman "'[Johnsy] is very ill and weak…the fever has left her mind morbid and full of strange fancies…'" (Henry).
The subchapter starts with Perry and Otto, the Hamburg vacationer singing about, “some folks [that] say the worst of us they can, but when we’re dead and in our caskets, they always slip some lilies in our hand” (Capote 117). On the surface they are merely singing a song, but the words tell the reader about the pain they feel. Perry is singing about the deceptive people in his life, who talk bad about him, but then go to his funeral as if they care. The first person that comes to mind with this lyric is Perry’s sister, Barbara, whom he detests very much. Barbara claims to love her brother, but tells the detective how fearful of him she is.
While Johnsy heals and regains her strength, old Behrman becomes stricken with pneumonia as well, perhaps due to his venture into the cold to paint that last leaf on the wall, for Johnsy, to keep up her hope. While Johnsy appears to be ready to give up everything, she stays the course and Behrman instead loses his life. “The Last Leaf” contains elements of loss in the character of old
Her friend frantically tries to make her not lose her hope, and she enlists the help of their old German neighbor, who is also an artist. He paints the last leaf onto the wall so that it can never fall, but in the process, he catches pneumonia and dies. The old artist loses his own life in order to save the young
The washwoman obstinately determines to work even though her health fails due to her elderly age. “’I could not rest easy in my bed because of the wash’, the old woman explained. ‘The wash would not let me die.’ (Singer)” In the end, she dies because of the immense stress she puts on her body. Gloomily, the Jewish family she worked for ends up having a funeral for her, despite her Christian faith. Noticeably, The Washwoman proves the undeniable fact of human fatality and loss.
Have you ever had something that you loved so much and had something taken away from you? Mrs. Mallard from Kate Chopin’s “Story of An Hour” is a prime example of how something she loved getting unexpectedly taken away from her. She had loved her freedom after her past marriage so much and, had it abruptly taken away from her. In Kate Chopin’s short story, you get introduced to Mrs. Mallard, whom her husband had just died of a railroad accident. She immediately went through a grieving period and then, realized that she was free from all the pain her marriage had caused.
The biggest aspects of life a person is guaranteed to face are choices. In Kate Chopin’s story, “The Story of an Hour”, a woman receives mistaken news about the death of her husband. However, she becomes overexcited and dies due to a poor heart condition. In “Regret”, Chopin introduces an old woman who lived her life independently and alone. By the end of the story, she began to resent sacrificing major opportunities in life when she was younger.
As the story progresses, the internal strife between how Janie acts and how Janie feels shows the lack of the true Janie. The voiceless, beautiful, store keeper pales in comparison to the smart, talented identity Janie’s thoughts demonstrate her to be. After twenty years of a growing tension, Janie’s thick rope snaps and she tells Jody how she feels Which ultimately kills him. Once again, Janie conforms to the mold of a mourning widow, dressed in black. Contrary to most people 's knowledge, she is overjoyed in the new found freedom she now possesses, but still cannot express.
This ultimately resulted in the loss of friends and houses along with the lost of Tea Cake her third husband which was bitten by a rabid dog and given rabies. Janie’s life changed she spent her money and her time once Tea Cake had gotten sick to the point where he could not even drink water. Situations like this show how a strong marriage is supposed to work because in your loved ones time of need that’s when it is most important to be by their side. Janie never left Tea Cakes side although he attempted to murder her resulting in his death she always remained faithful and a good wife. Janie clearly believes the terms “In Sickness and In Health, Till Death Do Us Part” showing the basis of a strong marriage.
The Power of HeLa “You make sure Day takes care of them children” stated Henrietta with her last few gasps of breath (Skloot 85). This powerful statement shows just how caring and selfless Henrietta Lacks was. She wanted the best for everyone else, even though, she was on her death bed fighting for her life. She tried to mask the excruciating pain that she was in until it overcame her and she was forced to visit the hospital. In turn, this could have dampened her chances of curing the cancer.
Lily’s suffering increase after finding out that her mother had willingly left her behind with T-Ray and begins to question why? It even makes her thoughts sink deeper into depression,“it was easy for her to leave me, because she never wanted me in the first place” (252). Nevertheless, Lily was able to prevail her mental incarceration and come to terms with her mother’s death. With accepting who her mother was and what had happened, Lily was able to move forward with her life at the Boatwright’s house. Throughout The Secret Life Of Bees, Lily struggles to find how to live life freely, like many people do.
As a young girl, she was innocent and unaware of all the discrimination in the south. Growing up, Anne has dealt with severe poverty and is often the one bringing income to her family’s home along with her mother. Her employers are a huge factor as to why she is so drawn to the movement. For instance, when Anne learned about Emmitt Till being killed, she ran to her mother for an explanation but her mother had replied “…just do your work like you don’t know nothing… that boy’s a lot better off in heaven than he is here” (262). Her mother brushing off the death of Emmitt Till took the best of her curiosities and she questioned why her mother was acting so afraid although it was obvious that.