Robert Frost's "Home Burial" is a masterfully written example of such works, conceived from his and his wife's anguish at the loss of their first-born son as well as from the estrangement between his sister-in-law and her husband due to the death of their child. In Donald J. Greiner's commentary on Frost's works, "The Indespensible Robert Frost," it is revealed that "Mrs. Frost could not ease her grief following Elliot's death, and Frost later reported that she knew then that the world was evil. Amy in "Home Burial" makes the same observation". "Home Burial" illustrates the cause of the failing marriage as a breakdown of communication, both verbally and physically, between two people who adopt totally different views in the midst of crisis.
Well this story has a twist. The main character in this story, Louise Mallard shows us her dream of freedom and proves these people wrong when her husband, Brently Mallard, dies. Louise’s husband was on a list of people that died in a railroad disaster. They tell her carefully since she has a heart condition. She starts crying, but afterwards she begins to think of all the positive things that come from his death.
The author describes her joy over her husband’s death as monstrous to give the reader the idea that she feels extreme joy over an event that would normally elicit the opposite reaction in a person. The descriptions in the story foreshadow the tragedy that ends the story. The author believed unexpected things happen often. In the case of this story, Louise Mallard believed her husband to be dead, having been told this by her sister, Josephine. However, when it is revealed that her husband had been alive the whole time, she is unhappy to see him and suffers a fatal heart attack.
Her sister held Louise when “she wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment…” (4). This leads the reader to not knowing whether it is out of grief or if it is a cry of relief. 7. Two important quotes from the story are: “There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself.” (14) This quote explains the sadness she feels for the loss of her husband, but the realization that after years of confinement in her marriage, she will finally have a chance at a life. “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease—of joy that kills.” (23) This quote speaks to the irony of how fleeting life is.
In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer explores trauma and its impact on people. When faced with a devastating situation, it is only human nature to search for answers in everything. For the characters of Oskar and his grandfather, it is clear that the guilt and sadness alters their everyday lives, which they spend searching for answers. On the other hand, even though she is mourning the loss of her husband, Oskar’s mother is able to show incredible outward stability as she heals by helping her son on his journey. Through these characters and more, all dealing with similar devastating situations, Foer argues that the only way to unlock true healing from grief is to accept that sometimes there is no answer.
It is also clear that dramatic irony is a part of the story. Louise dies from the shock of seeing her husband who is supposed to be dead. The doctors say she died from "the joy that kills." The reader knows Louise was the furthest thing from joy when she saw Mr. Mallard. When Louise got the news of her husband’s death she started crying at once in her sisters arms.
Critical Analysis of “The Story of an Hour” Because of Mrs. Mallard's heart condition, everyone basically takes care of her very carefully. When her sister and family friend find out that Mr. Mallard got killed in an accident, they take time to tell Mrs. Mallard that her husband died. She cries, then goes to her room to be by herself and locks the door. Inside, she seems terrified of some realization that comes to her and she finally realizes that it's her freedom. Even though they loved each other, and she's saddened by his death, she feels free for the first time.
Katherine Ann Porter's The Jilting of Granny Weatherall “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” a short story by Katherine Anne Porter, describes the last thoughts, feelings, and memories of an elderly woman. As Granny Weatherall’s life literally “flashes” before her eyes, the importance of the title of the story becomes obvious. Granny Weatherall has been in some way deceived or disappointed in every love relationship of her life. Her past lover George, husband John, daughter Cornelia, and God each did an injustice to Granny Weatherall. Granny faces her last moments of life with a mixture of strength, bitterness, and fear.
As a young girl, J.K.Rowling was always closest with her mother whom she dearly loved. When her mother later died the author was heartbroken ad stricken with grief. The death of Anne Rowling had a huge impact on the themes of the Harry Potter series and most evidently Deathly Hallows. Due to her mother’s death and her own depression, Rowling needed to find an outlet to accept the death of loved ones. She created an outlet through her written work.
The knowledge of these truths not only furthers the theme of the book, but also serves to allow the reader to empathize with the characters. Most importantly is the point that one can be redeemed. In the ending, Phineas dies during an operation to correct a second fall. Gene claims that he feels it was his “own funeral. (Pg 186)” Phineas’ death, although grievous, brings a sort of freedom for Gene.