George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of The Narrator

George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of The Narrator

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George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of The Narrator's Mother In a written exerpt from a letter about the cremation of his mother, George Bernard Shaw recalls her “passage” with humor and understanding. The dark humor associated with the horrid details of disposing of his mother's physical body are eventually reconciled with an understanding that her spirit lives on. He imagines how she would find humor in the bizarre event of her own cremation. The quality of humor unites Shaw and his mother in a bond that transcends the event of death and helps Shaw understand that her spirit will never die. The reader is also released from the horror of facing the mechanics of the cremation process when “Mama's” own comments lead us to understand that her personality and spirit will live on. Shaw's diction is effective in conveying his mood and dramatizing the process of cremation. The traditional words of a burial service “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” are not altered for the cremation, the interior chamber “looked cool, clean, and sunny” as by a graveside, and the coffin was presented “feet first” as in a ground burial. In selecting aspects of a traditional
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This note was uploaded on 07/24/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Menon during the Summer '06 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of The Narrator

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