Response paper 1

Response paper 1 - L angston 1 Eric S. Langston Death and...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Langston1 Eric S. Langston Death and Dying Dr. John Raines Response paper #1 February 1, 2011 In many cases, death is one aspect of life in which people try to avoid. In today’s society, death is a reality which people tend not to accept. Being one who has lost close relatives, it is true that the authenticity of death is not revealed until it has affected your personal life. In our class discussion which pertained to Life in the face of death , we established the idea that during the sixties and early seventies, our culture made a sharp turn towards denial of death. One may suggest that the denial and acceptance of death depends upon the life that the person is able to live. Although people veered away from addressing death during the late sixties and early seventies, Dax Cowart was a young man who wanted to embrace death. Dax and his father were involved in a horrific explosion, and the majority of his body was burnt, and his father died as a result of the accident. Dax Cowart, along with several other examples will be given throughout this paper to depict how our culture has embraced the concept of death. This paper is intended to develop the concept that we as humans attempt to control our lives, but death is a direct implication that we have minimal control of our lives. Death is controlled by no one, it has no limitations and it has no boundaries. Dax Cowart was a young vibrant, intelligent, and handsome young man who had a full life ahead of him. One day, Dax and his father went to look at some land that his father was going to potentially buy. Neither one of them knew that there was a gas leak on the land, and when Dax and his father returned to their car, when the ignition was turned on, there was an explosion. The explosion severely burnt Dax and his father, but his father died on the way to the hospital. There was a documentary created as a result of this accident, and it was entitled, Please
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Langston2 Let me Die. The documentary shows the pain and agony that Dax suffers after the accident. One of his eyes were completely gone, his fingers were skin graphed together, and there was a hopeful chance that he may be able to use his fingers again, as well as gain sight in his remaining eye. His treatments were unbearable, and he began to lose hope in life. It was Dax’s wish to go home, and die, because he did not want to endure the pain any longer. Although Dax was young, witty, and vibrant, he lost control of his life, and he began to accept death as an alternate for not being able to control his life any longer. The doctors had hope for Dax, but he did not want to acknowledge that hope, because it was inevitable that even if he survived there would be limitations as to what he would be able to do by himself. For men, it is extremely difficult to let your pride down when you feel as though your masculinity and control have been taken away from you. Not all, but many men become bitter when they are stricken with an illness. When my father was diagnosed with a terminal
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course AOD 1000+ taught by Professor Joefolger during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

Page1 / 6

Response paper 1 - L angston 1 Eric S. Langston Death and...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online