Death and Dying

Death and Dying - Evan Devine 1/22/08 Death and Dying...

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Evan Devine 1/22/08 Death and Dying Reading a short story such as this makes you wonder if people as a whole really think about what it means to be alive. Do they know what it means to merely have the ability to be a freethinking individual? The main message portrayed in the prologue and epilogue was the idea that living without understanding the true value and beauty of life is to deny yourself the ability to truly appreciate its experiences. The old man understood this. He presented the idea of living each day as if you knew it were your last. This is of course not easily done unless it really is your last day and you know it, but the mere attempt puts a new understanding on the significance of life. Two common sayings come to mind when reading the story: “You don’t live till you’re ready to die” and “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. The first one basically suggests that if you accept the fact you are definitely going to die in the future, quite possibly in the near future, that
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course SOCA 223 taught by Professor N during the Spring '08 term at WVU.

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Death and Dying - Evan Devine 1/22/08 Death and Dying...

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