Divorces, Beheaded, Survived Essay

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Divorced, Beheaded, Survived All children possess a sort of innocence that makes them able to meet life in an unconcerned and playful way. However they haven’t become aware of the seriousness of some elements in life – as illness, and loss. Everyone wants to protect their children against the confrontation of these situations, but the question is – how far should they go in their own effort? In Robin Black’s short story “ Divorced, Beheaded, Survived” deals with questions just like these. The story portrays Sarah (the main character) and her struggles with accepting and managing with the heart-breaking death of her brother. And now Sarah’s son, Mark, is going through the same stages of denying and accepting a beloved ones death. Robin Black introduces his short story “… Divorced, Beheaded, Survived” through a flashback. The reader is thrown right into the action without any further details (in medias res). The flashbacks are given chronologically as we continue reading. While we continue reading we understand the serious relationship between a brother and sister. These flashbacks indicate how much Sarah (main character) misses her brother Terry, who died years ago when she was a child. The story is written in such way that you feel the emotions. One of the reasons to this might be that a lot of objects and places are described in a personal way. It also has something to do with the narrator technique. Robin Black uses the technique of first person narrator, which personifies the whole text. The story is based on Sarah, the main character. And she is the one who is telling the story. The story is build in a way that gets more and more detailed the more you read. The more you read, the more does she opens up. Though there is a big difference between Sarah’s past and present. Her past muddles in with her present, whenever she thinks about her

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