Different Reactions to Death Essay

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Death can be very scary for the elder and young. One never really knows how they will react to the event of death. Even though inevitable, death can be shocking for some or troubling for others. A shocking and a troubling reality of death are depicted in two short stories, Used to Live Here Once by Jean Rhys and A Father’s Story by Andre Dubus. How characters in a story react to death are often different from one another.
Used to Live Here Once by Jean Rhys in 1976 is about a woman taking a trip to a home she once lived as it suggests in the title (Clugston, 2010). The short story begins at a river and describes her crossing of the river and the vivid details of each of the stones. Most notably the slippery one that was just as slippery as when it was dry. Once across the river, she travels a road that is much different than she remembered, because it was widened and unfinished careless work. She then came upon her previous home, which was also different than she remembered. The obvious changes to her previous home that she noticed was a tree missing and a small summerhouse know as an ajoupa. The main house had a new addition and been painted. She came across two young children whom she attempted to say hello to. When she had gotten closer to the children and discovered their reaction to her presence, she learned she was no longer among the living. She was very surprised once she learned this. Her trip home seemed much like any trip to a former home until…