Monday, August 31, 2009

"Death." Dorothy Richardson.

One-minute review: Thoughts and experiences of a woman who is dying—“Life ain’t worth death”—she assumes death is a terrible experience, leaving her body. “See no more. Work no more. Worry no more. Then what had been the good of it?” In contrast to Granny Weatherall who finds nothing awaiting her, this author suggests that the woman returns to herself when she was young: “In front on the darkness came the garden, the old garden in April, the crab-apple blossom, all as it was before she began, but brighter….”

Comment: In the play, Our Town, Thornton Wilder suggests that life after death is learning to let life and its memories go. Away with the emotion attached to life. In this story, the author suggests we are back to where we began. That opens up a lot of speculation. Unfortunately, we’ll never know till death happens to each of us. RayS.

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Eds. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

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