George Bernard Shaw And His Short Story About The Cremation Of The Narrator's Mother


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

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Shaw's mood is revealed as ambivalent toward cremation by imposing
recalled fragments of ground burial for contrast. Strangely fascinated, he
begins to wonder exactly what happens when one is cremated. This mood of awe is
dramatized as he encounters several doors to observe in his chronological
investigation. He sees “a door opened in the wall,” and follows the coffin as
it “passed out through it and vanished as it closed,” but this is not “the door
of the furnace.” He finds the coffin “opposite another door, a real
unmistakable furnace door,” but as the coffin became engulfed in flame, ”the
door fell” and the mystery only continues an hour later as he gazes “through an
opening in the floor.” As he observes two “cooks” picking through “Mama's
dainty little heap of ashes and samples of bone” the mood of dark humor is the
only way he can handle the horror of his mother's death and cremated body. He
has remained an unemotional observer on a journey through the crematorium ...

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