Essay 3 - Richard Salvagno English 1105 Haunted Houses...

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Richard Salvagno English 1105: Haunted Houses Essay 3 February 14, 2010 The Unknown In Ruth Suckow’s “The Resurrection,” the style of the work transcends the theme of the story. Throughout the text, very little is known about the characters. Whether it is the characters’ history, their thoughts, or their emotions, Suckow purposefully leaves the personal aspects of her characters absent. This practice of creating an unknown environment surrounding the plot emphasizes the theme of the story: the mysterious nature of death and its ability to cause one to reevaluate their life. As a deceased woman’s husband, daughters, and grandchildren pay their final respects, they all notice that their beloved grandmother appears unusual to them: “Her face… baffled them with its blending of the known and the unknown. The small aged features were hers- more than ever hers. But the look…” (Suckow182). The family members notice the splendor shown on the grandmother’s face. She no longer appears burdened by the role she took on as “mother, and then, grandma,” (Suckow 182). Rather, she seems calm and peaceful, like “someone who stands upon a high mountain top and
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