Death and Literature…Hand in hand?

A year ago March 25th, my four year old cousin died. Bookish loser that I am, my first thought was to turn to literature where surely a distraction would lie. But what I got instead was a sympathetic, all together familiar story to cry on.

This semester, The Coe Review received a staggering amount of stories about death. Which got us thinking, what is it that draws us to write about death, especially the death of family members? After all, death in literature is not a new theme. Think about it, what’s a big feature in the Harry Potter series?

What’s a prominent point in Shakespeare’s plays?

Death, especially murder.

How does the New Testament define the Gospel?

Jesus’s death.



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