Divorced, beheaded, survived

Topics: Fiction, Short story, Death Pages: 3 (1152 words) Published: March 5, 2014
Divorced, beheaded, survived
One day we all have to die that is our fate and how we humans are created. It is difficult to comprehend and for many people it is something that they don’t want to think about. Even though death is inevitable it is a terrible and hard experience especially for the ones who are left behind and when death arrives earlier than expected it is unbearable. But life has to go on. The short story ”Divorced, beheaded, survived” from 2010 by the author Robin Black deals with the questions of how you survive when a relative dies and if it is possible to move pass it and move on with your life.

Sarah is the narrator of the short story, she is a wife and a mother of two. As a young girl she lost her only brother Terry to illness. Even though her brother died after being sick for a long time she didn’t expect it at all. After her brother’s death her life changed completely. She had experienced a loss of someone she loved which off course was heart breaking for her and her family at the same time she lost a lot of friends because they didn’t know how to deal with the death of Terry. “As soon as we learned Terry was sick, my house stopped being the daily gathering place. Everyone but me seemed to know what was coming. (…) And one by one the other children began avoiding us.” (p. 4 ll. 102-105) They don’t know how to handle the situation, as friends they are hurt and Sarah maybe did remind them of Terry and what they had lost. This is one of the memories that comes to Sarah’s mind when her own son loses his best friend Peter. He is going through what not only she but also her friends went through many years earlier. “And I don’t think Mark’s spoken very much to any of his friends since then. Not about Peter. He goes off to school, and comes right home. Heads straight for his room and closes the door. “ (p. 5 ll. 148-150). It is hard for Sarah to know how terrible Mark feels. She knows how much Terry’s death affected not only her childhood,...
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