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Running Head: DEATH 1 Death Described In Many Ways Ericka Silva ENG 125 Oct. 8, 2012 Running Head: DEATH 2 Death Described In Many Ways When we think of death, we think and describe it in many different ways. It is perceived in many different ways when we read about it as well. Everyone who has experienced it though can say that it is not a delightful thing to experience. Whether it is a family member, a friend, a co-worker or even a pet, there is something to be said about how death can be described. I have chosen to talk about two very special literary works. The first one is A Dog’s Death by John Updike and the other being I Used To Live Here Once by Jean Rhys. Both of these literary works describe…show more content…
You can imagine how well the dog is loved by the family, just by how the author talks about the dog. In both of these literary works the authors did a good job of showing the characterization. We know how the characters are by how the author described them. The point of characterization is to make us familiar with the characters in the stories. When the author tells us things about them it helps us to familiarize with the characters. “A distinct representation of something that can be experienced and understood through the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste), or the representation of an idea is what is called image (Clugston, 2010 sec. 2.5). When we read literature we usually imagine the scenery or the characters in it. The author usually describes things in such detail that that you can make an image in your mind of it. This makes literature more interesting to us as readers. The line “as we teased her with play, blood was filling her skin” is a description that lets you see the picture of the dog playing with the family and then the image of the dog’s body being filled with blood. Another line states “I stroked her warm fur and my wife called out in a voice overcome Running Head: DEATH 5 with tears.” With this line you can see the dog lying in the man’s lap, while hearing the woman cry in the background with her voice saddened by the passing of her beloved pet. Another image that you can picture is when the author states “Monday

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