Comparing Tears In Heaven, Imaginary Heroes, And Still I Rise

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My connections examined the different ways people choose to deal with the feeling of pain and loss. My four texts are Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton, Imaginary Heroes directed by Dan Harris, How We Survive written by Mark Rickerby, and Still I Rise written by Maya Angelou. Tears in Heaven and Imaginary Heroes are similar to each other because they both explain how certain people dealt with pain and the loss of a loved one. I noticed that Tears in Heaven showed that one can accept the loss, whereas in Imaginary Heroes we see the negative effects of not being able to deal with grief. How We Survive and Still I Rise can be connected through the idea that human life is precious, that we should savour life while it lasts. If we do not remain positive…show more content…
In Tears in Heaven it is clear that the singer Eric Clapton has accepted his loss by thinking that he will one day be reunited with his son in heaven. This is a good example of dealing with pain and loss, because he believes that he’ll see his son again and it isn’t negatively effecting him. This is quite the opposite for the characters in Imaginary Heroes, as they choose to turn to drinking, drugs and giving up completely. This is definitely not going to help deal with pain and loss, it will just cause more harm and despair. If someone needs to get over pain and loss, they need to start recovering. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to overcome.
How We Survive and Still I Rise are my third and fourth texts, and the both show that we need to remain positive throughout a tough event, otherwise it will be hard to get through it. In How I Survive we are told that we experience the bad before the good, and in Still I Rise we learn that it doesn’t always have to be through death, but can be by loss of culture due to discrimination. Both texts explain that we need to remain positive to get through any bad
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As Mark Rickerby writes in his poem, How We Survive, “If we are fortunate, we are given a warning. If not, there is only the sudden horror, the wrench of being torn apart; of being reminded that nothing is permanent, not even the ones we love, the ones our lives revolve around.” This tells its readers that no-one will live forever, that we need to accept the fact that we will lose the ones we love and possibly don’t love, otherwise they will lose us first. Death is a part of life, and although it is normal to grieve when we learn of someone’s demise, to carrying on grieving and to not “jump into that black pit spiritually or physically, hoping to find them there.” This relates to the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou, because they both express how important it is to no wallow in your sorrows because it will not help you recover. In the poem Still I Rise, it is more about respect or racial acceptance, but overall it still expresses that we cannot back down or give in. The writer of Still I Rise, Maya Angelou writes about how she will not be upset and give up to the racial discrimination that has occurred for many years, even still happening today, against the African American/African race.
In conclusion, we can see that people deal with pain and loss by their own choices.
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