George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of the Nar

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George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of The Narrator's Mother In a written excerpt from a letter about the cremation of his mother, George Bernard Shaw recalls her "passage" with humor and understanding. The dark humor associated with the horrid details of disposing of his mother's physical body are eventually reconciled with an understanding that her spirit lives on. He imagines how she would find humor in the bizarre event of her own cremation. The quality of humor unites Shaw and his mother in a bond that transcends the event of death and helps Shaw understand that her spirit will never die. The reader is also released from the horror of facing the mechanics of the cremation process when "Mama's" own…show more content…
By following the narrator's personal journey, certain truths about death and eternity are understood. The narrator goes on to recall certain truths about his mother: "Mama....leaning over beside me shaking with laughter" and "mama said in my ear...." The closeness of the relationship the narrator had with his mother is clarified by their shared sense of humor. The reader also feels at this point that their relationship will survive by humor in memory thereby overcoming the morbid aspects of death. The narrator has relived the entire experience by retelling it, but he has also reached a new level knowing his memories will survive and his mother's spirit will live on in a new shared

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