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Thomas Ezell
English 101- 8:00am. TS class
Professor Turley
September 23rd, 2009

A lesson and a change

In Gilchrist's "Among the mourners", the protagonist, Aurora is an adolescent girl who experiences a transformation during the story. Gilchrist uses Aurora to show the consequences of teen free will. Aurora's experiences in the story reveal her apparent innocence and create a more mature respect and appreciation for her family and adolescence. In the story Aurora is a thirteen-year-old little girl who gets her first boyfriend. She feels embarrassed and ashamed of her family because they re hosting a funeral at her house. She doesn't want to help out in anyway. Aurora persists: "I didn't kill him, why should I give up my room?"(94) Although Aurora feels selfish and disrespectful in the beginning, over the course of events she comes to have a better understanding and respect for her parents.

Although Aurora is only thirteen, the author depicts her as a rather mature nature for her age. She is young and innocent, but still intelligent. She has her own pinion about things. She proclaims: "If someone kills them self they don't get my respect" (94). Her view of her younger sister Annie is not exactly a commending one. Aurora thinks she cares for nothing but getting attention and riding around on her bike. The respect Aurora gives her parents is little to none, but they are not completely innocent. Her father shows how he cares more for their reputation in the community than anything else. He refuses to allow Aurora to speak of astrology or any such thing. He declares: " Its lower-middle class superstition and not worthy of you"(95). Even in her young age, Aurora sees how the funeral and public opinion consumes her parents.

The funeral seems to be the first experience that leads to Aurora's transformation. She basically hates it. She detests the attention brought to her family and her house, and she doesn't appreciate the effects it has on her them....
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