Essay Death Of The Brain By Tobias Wolff

803 Words Oct 18th, 2015 4 Pages
Death is, of course, the one thing mankind has feared collectively above all else. It drives more than half of the decisions we make in our day to day lives. Dieting, medical treatment, and belief in a life after death are just a few of the many ways we as humans avoid life’s end, and even attempt to block out the thought of dying. But possibly even more so, humans are drawn to the timeless series of questions when confronted with such a concept. What will death feel like? Will it be painful? Is there any form of conscious realization or continuation after the fact? While the thought of death is a heavy concept, and though there are countless ideas, two stand out to be the most prominent. The first, is the idea that our “life flashes before our eyes,” as shown in “Bullet in the Brain,” by Tobias Wolff. The second depiction is of a “slow fade to black” of sorts, as vividly described in Katherine Anne Porter’s story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.” But how such ideas are both intertwined and yet vastly different are worth dissecting, if only to delve into the truth of the object to humanity’s most petrifying curiosity. The idea of a sudden burst of emotion at the time of death is nothing new. For many years, people have spoken of it when referring to near death experiences, but not everyone truly knows what this would feel like in practice. It’s left to talented writers, such as Tobias Wolff, who paint hypothetical, but no less vivid descriptions of such a phenomenon. In…

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