Emotions In Death In The Family

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No one knows when someone in their life is going to pass away. Grief is an emotion no one can deny when they lose a person in their life, especially when it was someone you were so close to. In the story A Death in the Family, the main character, Rufus, loses his father in a terrible car accident. Throughout the book the family is learning to cope with the death of their loved one. Through this novel the reader learns the pain and memories of the characters, Rufus and his mother Mary, told throughout the story. This novel shows the many emotions of what it is like to lose a loved one. In the story, it shows that if you have your family around you to support and build you up, you can overcome a death of a loved one, and you may even come …show more content…
Rufus is the author, James Agee, from when he was a kid because the author had gone through the same exact experience and portrayed himself as Rufus in the story. In this story Rufus’s father dies in a tragic car accident, it affected everyone in his family. Rufus has a hard time trying to understand that with his father’s death, he can still live his life and still make good decisions without knowing what his father would think. Throughout his whole life he would always act on his father’s approval on the decisions he would make. With his father gone he felt he did not know how to find himself and would never know how to go on through life without his father 's approval. Throughout the book, which is just a few days for the characters, Rufus learns that everyone in his family can help build him up in life and not just his dad. His mom, Mary was very religious and would always try to help Rufus understand that God is there for him and even when he feels alone he never is. She would also always try to explain things to him through a religious point of view. Rufus’s aunt was the “door opener”, meaning that she was the one who was trying to lift everyone up and help them to move on and not just stay down all the time. This whole novel shows that family is always going to be there even in the darkest …show more content…
No one also knows how it’s going to affect them or how it’s going to change their life. Throughout this novel, Rufus is just trying to put the pieces together of how to learn to cope with his father 's death and try to learn how to keep going on in life. Everyone will lose someone in their life and it’s going to hurt, Rufus lost his father at a very young age, he was only six. The other children at school soon found out and of course he got asked many questions and then it hit him, that he does not have his father anymore and his life will never be the same. Critics say that Rufus does not know how to find himself, this relates to real life because imagine losing a parent at that age, that is still when you are being taught how to spell and do basic things, anyone would feel lost. This book was to show the art of losing someone in this

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