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…show more content…
The writer gives such detail as would anyone see during a travel to anywhere. The fact that the point of view of the story is seen by that of a ghost is a bit awe-inspiring. Jean Rhys wrote this story in the third-person limited-omniscient point of view. Rhys writes the story in a God-like manner, revealing only the thoughts and feelings of the main character (Wilson, n.d.). Rhys could have dipped into the children’s minds to explain what they thought of the main character’s presence but she did not. The thoughts of the children could have been interesting however, would have taken away attention from the main character. Therefore, she limited herself to only the thoughts of the main character thus causing the story to have the limited omniscient point of view. Because of this point of view, the main character‘s nostalgic memories give a personal aspect to all the differences and emotions she experienced along her journey. Then, there is A Father’s Story, by Andre Dubus in 1983, which is about a father’s relationship with his daughter. Luke Ripley tells the reader about himself and his life. He has a good friend named Father Paul LeBoeuf who visits him regularly. They do typical activities that men do such as fishing and hunting. Luke tells of his wife and children whom he loves dearly. He then tells of the tragic divorce and the loss of his children. Although the children would come to visit during the summers until the
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