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
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 cremation ...

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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 with humor as ...

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