Death By A Landscape Analysis

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Everyone copes with their issues differently. They can either acknowledge it or try their best to forget it. Not that it would be easy removing traumatic experiences out of a person’s mind like that. However, sometimes people can share their problems in ways they are not aware of. For example, there could be two people who face different problems, but have similar ways to approach it. It could be noted by two characters in different stories. In “Bang Crunch” by Neil Smith and “Death by a Landscape” by Margaret Atwood, Eepie and Lois both face their experiences in similar ways. They face their problems as young girls, which results in them being judged by society, and end up having closure for their problems. While in elementary, Eepie learns…show more content…
Besides, nobody wants to be an adult and have all the responsibilities they have to carry. Anyway, children can chase each other to their heart's content, do scandalous behaviour like collect bugs and insects, and overall just have a good time. This applied to Lois until she got stripped from it when she turned thirteen. She pushed her friend Lucy off a cliff when they both attended summer camp—at least, everyone assumes so. The fact that she was the last person seen with Lucy and then claimed she went missing is skeptical. Who would believe that? So, Lois had to carry the guilt and blame for the rest of her life, and it has affected her a lot. She grew up having “people watching her in this way.” Thus, she experienced loneliness, and maybe even depression. Her sons tell her she does not go out enough, and she is not “hungry…moving, [or] stirring from this space,” which causes a lot of effort if she does. Ultimately, Lois establishes a sense of inner peace. In the pictures she has set up on her walls, they all have a feature in common: landscapes in different forms, shapes and sizes. In them, she sees Lucy in each picture and she can almost hear “a shout of recognition out of joy.” Lois may not be freed of her misery, but she reaches peace with her guilt, as the pictures establish the closure of not knowing where Lucy’s true whereabouts are, or if she has indeed passed

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