A Better Of Three Evils

1816 WordsMay 6, 20178 Pages
Better of Three Evils If there was a magic pill that would end suffering and leave family members with a last good memory, and finality would it be a no-brainer right? Death is not as simple as it once was. Complicated does not even come close to describing the predicament now. Would telling the doctor to ‘pull the plug’ on a family member that cannot speak for themselves, be considered murder? What if it was the sick person telling the doctor, would it be considered suicide? Often times these two situations are looked at in a completely different light. The Promise, If I Ever Lose My Mind and When the End Can’t Come Soon Enough all show a bit different perspective to the end of one’s life who is terminally ill. The Promise shows the…show more content…
Not ending their life, but instead, cutting them free from life. The Grandmother in If I Ever Lose My Mind fears of going crazing, and for a strong, fearless woman the ability to admit she was scared spoke volumes. As a result, she equipped herself with the solution. She would have her grandchild, “put a pillow over her head” (Vollmer). She knows that by having a say in her life and of how she dies, she can accept the end. She did not fear death. In fact, she believed that “dying was, simply, sleep,” but “the time before death” was the scariest, she feared losing her mind (Vollmer). She would have no control over it. She equated losing her mind to that of a nightmare. Her and her grandchild would joke about it whenever she misplaced or forgot something, but never really discussed the matter. As time went on she actually started losing her mind, which left her grandchild with a decision to make. They could either do was they had previously discussed and kill her or let her live her life out crazy. Knowing that was exactly what she did not want to happen, the child made the decision to put the pillow over her head then, “held it down until the storm of the resistance expired and everything became, as she’d always imagined, absolutely still” (Vollmer). The author brought her out of her nightmare and put her back to an endless sleep. This did not come without consequences
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