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George Bernard Shaw And His Short Story About The Cremation Of The Nar

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


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 process when "Mama's" own comments lead us to understand that
her personality and spirit will live on.
Shaw's diction is effective in conveying his mood and dramatizing the
process of cremation. The traditional words of a burial service "ashes to ashes,
dust to dust" are not altered for the cremation, the interior chamber "looked
cool, clean, and sunny" as by a graveside, and the coffin was presented "feet
first" as in a ground burial. In selecting aspects of a traditional burial
service, Shaw's mood is revealed as ambivalent toward cremation by imposing
recalled fragments of ground burial for contrast. Strangely fascinated, he
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