Grief In David Lindsay Abaire's Rabbit Hole

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A few months after composing his song “Cinderella”, Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest daughter was tragically struck by her brother’s SUV when she ran out to meet him upon his arrival home. This calamitous accident gave a whole new significance to “Cinderella”, and Chapman poured more passion into his performance of the song than ever before, utilizing the song as a method to cope with his grief. In David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, the Corbett family suffers grief from a similar ordeal when Becca and Howie’s four-year-old son, Danny, runs out in front of a car and is killed. All of the characters endure the grief of Danny, and all of them lament in their own, distinctive manner. Lindsay-Abaire exhibits the theme that, albeit grief is a universal experience, the grieving process is unique for every individual through numerous characters in his play including Becca, Howie, and Nat.…show more content…
Becca wants to put all of the memories of Danny somewhere where she won’t be able to see them, somewhere dark as night. Howie strives to hold onto the memories, keeping them in the light of day. In response to Becca griping about seeing Danny’s fingerprints around the house, Howie admits, “I like seeing his fingerprints” (19). He also enjoys reliving old times spent with his son by watching old tapes. The stage directions indicate, “He’s watched this tape dozens of times. He doesn’t tear up. He just watches it, occasionally smiling at something he hears” (20). If Howie often watches this tape and does not cry at the sight of it, but rather smiles a bit, it must mean that viewing the tape provides him with comfort and helps with his grieving process. Clinging on to the little reminders that he has left of his late son keeps Danny in his life. Without the reminders, it would be as if he lost Danny more completely than if he had the reminders around to keep him

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