Funeral Food

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In Jill Conner Browne’s “Funeral Food” she implies a message to the readers. The message she implies is that even when someone when someone dies and you go to a funeral there is always a better side to everything. Her humorous approach to death and the mourning process that follows is one of her many ways to make her essay more effective. She uses her sense of humor to lighten the mood and distract the reader from the funeral aspect. Her distraction comes from her sarcastic jokes about food being brought to funerals. She makes it relatable to her audience to connect with them. Browne uses her humorous jokes about funeral food to warm people up and feel less sad. Whether it is at a funeral, like in this essay or just in general, food makes everyone happy. “Everybody loves funeral food; it’s a universal truth…” There is no denying that people love food, let alone home-cooked food. It allows them to relax from work and school or to spend time with loved ones. She begins to tell how even though death is inevitable and a part of the circle of life it must be dealt with in different ways. “Granted it’s a pain in the butt…” is the beginning of Browne’s explanation of her feelings about funeral food. In the South the tradition is to make a delicious home-cooked meal to bring to the funeral. Browne says, “It’s practically a law.” “And let’s face it as I’ve suggested earlier quantity is at least as important as quality.” states Brown. Even if someone has just cooked/made their best dish in existence and there is very little, people will become very dissatisfied. Cream of mushroom soup, Velveeta, and Cool Whip are some examples found in her essay that are relatable and give it more credibility and provide for a small laugh for the audience. Jill Conner Browne’s essay is proven to be relatable in the sense that she is trying to see the brighter side of death and funerals. Stating “one of the primary qualifications for good food: Someone else prepared It.”, makes funerals...
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