Facing Death

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Facing Death
Emalee Bush

Many individuals hide from death or even try to destroy it. For Instance,Emily from "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner, The Narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" By Edgar Allan Poe, and Peyton Farquhar from "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" By Ambrose Bierce all deal with death in different ways. Emily is trying to ignore death, The Narrator is trying to destroy death, and Peyton is trying to escape death. Every characters mat hod to facing death is different. Eventually death takes over, leading to the result each character tried to hard to avoid. Emily and her father are very close. Emily's father is all she has and all she knows. After her fathers death, Emily enters a state of delusion. Without her father, Emily is merely a lonely girl in a giant house. Instead of accepting her fathers death, Emily simply denies it. When people from town start asking questions, Emily deals with the situation the only way she knows how. " She told them that her father was not dead." (123)
Emily's denial about her father expresses her inability to face death. Emily's father is not the only man whose death impacts Emily's life. It is understood that Emily kills, Homer, the man who refuses to marry her. Soon after Emily's death, Homers corps is found decaying on Emily's bed,right next to Emily's pillow. "Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head." (125) Although Homer is dead by Emily's choice, she still refuses to accept his death and move on. With both men desist, Emily turns her head to death. She continues to live her life,as though both men are still alive. The Narrator has unique methods of facing death. Unlike Emily, the Narrator does not want to ignore death, he wants to destroy it. Although the narrator loves the old man, his fear of the evil eye over powers his judgment. "I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever." (331) After the Narrator rids himself of

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