Life After the Death of a Loved-One
Death, although it is a part of life, can be very hard on those whom were close to the deceased person. Life provides one with the abundance of love, happiness, and freedom, but death can take all of that away in an instant. It is especially hard on close loved ones because, sometimes, there is an irreconcilable amount of grief. With the loved one gone, life takes on some drastic changes, and requires the to survivor start new routines without the support and companionship of the beloved. “The Story of an Hour,” “The Management of Grief,” and “The Jewelry” deal with the theme of life after the death of a loved-one.
In “the Story of an Hour,” a woman learns of the alleged death of her husband. Most people, after finding out about the death of a beloved one, would be shocked, depressed, or in denial. The woman in the story, Louise, feels much different. Ironically, she feels a sense of freedom and calmness. Although the husband was a nice man, their marriage might not have been what the wife had in mind to live with for the rest of her life. Deep down, Louise feels guilty that she has a sense of freedom. She knew that he was good to her, but her life must have been extremely boring and depressing for her to be elated that he was gone. She says,” There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself (Chopin 608).” Although the story didn’t go into how the rest of her life went, because she died, it can be deducted that she would have been able to enjoy life and its insurmountable abundance.
“The Management of Grief” deals with the denial and shock after the death of a loved one. The woman in the story loses her two sons and her husband to a to a terrorist attack on an airline flight. After seeing news of the attack, she knows that her husband and two sons were involved, but she still has a sense of denial. When she finally sees evidence of the death of her...
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