...Divorced, Beheaded, Survived Essay

758 Words Sep 19th, 2014 4 Pages
Short story
…Divorced, Beheaded, Survived

Robin Black's short story …Divorced, Beheaded, Survived is calling attention to the discussion about protection of the children. Themes like decision, family and nonetheless life and death shows up as important subjects.

The story is told in the perspective of three plots.
First, Sarah tells about how she, her brother and their friends used to play behind their childhood home after school when they were kids, how they’d always played a stage play about King Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn, the second wife of him.
The childhood was the good times with all their friends and fun. Everyone was very excited to play Anne in the play, even the boys, included her brother. Sarah would love
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The mood in the story is marked by guilt and confusion. She keeps reminding the reader of when and how often she thinks about her brother. “I don’t think about Terry every day anymore. And sometimes I’m stunned by that fact. It isn’t only the discomfort of disloyalty I feel, it’s the fact of utter disappearance after death[…]The truth is that sometimes even more than a day goes by before I think of my brother. It’s only natural, I’ve told myself, time and time again.” The last line underline the guilt she feel. She has to have an excuse of why she doesn’t think of her brother. She’s also a bit confused about how to take care of the situation the best way for her son. How can she protect him the best way without making the same mistake as her parents did with her? She chooses the truth, ‘the hard way’. “”It was hard,” I said to Mark, as he lifted the picture toward his face. “There is no secret answer. It was terribly, terribly hard.””

The narrator of the story is Sarah. She is married to Lyle and mother for two children Coco and Mark.
She has a limited point of view, only a few times, she tries to enter the omniscient role of knowing what her old friends might though, “Maybe Jeff Mandelbaum’s mother saw a different side of her son after my brother died. Could detect a new thoughtfulness in his eyes. Maybe Molly Denham cried herself to sleep for weeks.

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