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Year Of Magical Thinking Essay

684 words - 3 pages

The Year of Magical Thinking is Joan Didion’s account of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne. The book shows how she attempts to cope with the grief of the death of her husband while tending to her daughter’s, Quintana, severe illness. In the book Didion does something, which might seem abnormal to some people. While Didion is cleaning out her husband’s closet at work she cannot find herself throwing away her husband’s shoes because “he would need shoes if he was to return” (Didion). Joan Didion reactions to death is typically American because of how people in America cannot cope with death and refuse to accept the notion that their loved one has passed away while other cultures are able to accept the idea of death because their loved ones are not gone but still here with them.
Joan Didion’s reaction to when her husband passes away is characteristically American because of how she is unable to cope with her husband’s death. “[She] would still get up in the morning and send out the laundry. [She] would still plan a menu for Easter lunch. [She] would still remember to renew [her] passport” (Didion). Her husband’s death has not affected her ability to live a normal life. She is able to complete tasks without complications. However, when she goes to clear her husband’s closet at work she cannot find herself to throw her husband’s shoes away because “he [would] need the shoes if he was to return” (Didion). Didion believed that her husband was going to come back. Even though Didion knows that her husband has passed away and understands that he cannot come back from the dead she still keeps his shoes. “I know why we try to keep the dead alive: we try to keep the alive in order to keep them within us” (Didion). We do not want to believe our love ones are gone because we want to believe that they are still...

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