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Interpretative Literary Critical Essay on Truman Capote’s “Miriam”: the Theme of Death in the Story

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"Miriam" is a short story written by Truman Capote, originally published in June 1945 in Mademoiselle magazine. First edition in solo book form was published in 1981 under the title Miriam: A Classic Story of Loneliness.
It is a story about an old lady, Mrs. Miller. One day, she meets a girl who is also called Miriam and this girl starts to invade Mrs. Miller’s stereotypic life. Mrs. Miller does not like it but she finds out that there is nothing she can do about it. The end of the story is open and there are a lot of symbols in the story so the readers can come up with many possible interpretations.
This essay will focus on the theme of death in this story. There are lot of symbols connected to Mrs. Miller’s preparation for death
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As Miriam is leaving, she destroys the imitations to show that imitations last forever but we are not immortal, it symbolizes the death. Mrs.
Miller is not feeling good that night and she is having strange dreams as a symbol that we all follow the death during our journey through life.
Afterwards, a sudden change came as it happens often before death,
Mrs. Miller catches the shopping spree and she is in a good mood. Walking down the street,
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