The death narrative description: last individual act, not solitary.

Authors

  • Beatriz Ferreira dos Santos Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)
  • Ieda Maria Barbosa Aleluia Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)
  • Maristela Rodrigues Sestelo Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)
  • Nelma Aronia Santos Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)
  • Roberta Vasconcelos Mesquita Andrade Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17267/2594-7907ijhe.v4i2.3308

Keywords:

Death. Loneliness. Empathy. Literature

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Death is the last act of the literary character, and it’s individual, but it doesn’t have to be lonely. We used the literary works  “A candle for Dario”, “A body without a name” and “The death of Ivan Ilyich” to show and discuss how death is portrayed in Literature. DEVELOPMENT: We essayed about how death can’t be shared, becoming an individual act. We also discussed how death is shown as lonely in Literature and how death denial and the death in hospital place make death a lonely act. Besides that, we presented about anomie (that we concepted as lack of name, identity and social connections) and how it is denounced in Literature, revealing the extreme loneliness in the death of the character. By the end, we considered how death can be more comfortable, when the person in this moment of life is in contact with empathic people and behavior, despite the difficulty of people being truly empathic when they deny their own death. CONCLUSION: The literary works we used show how denial, indifference, depersonalization and lack of empathy make death be more than individual, but lonely. Some empathic acts are shown in the literary works and they reveal that thinking, experiencing and living death can be more natural and empathic, when we refuse death denial.

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Author Biographies

Beatriz Ferreira dos Santos, Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)

Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Curso de Medicina

Ieda Maria Barbosa Aleluia, Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)

Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Curso de Medicina

Maristela Rodrigues Sestelo, Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)

Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Curso de Medicina

Nelma Aronia Santos, Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)

Departamento de Ciências Humanas, Campus IX

Roberta Vasconcelos Mesquita Andrade, Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB)

Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Curso de Medicina

Published

2020-12-17

How to Cite

dos Santos, B. F., Aleluia, I. M. B., Sestelo, M. R., Santos, N. A., & Andrade, R. V. M. (2020). The death narrative description: last individual act, not solitary. International Journal of Health Education, 4(2), 75–78. https://doi.org/10.17267/2594-7907ijhe.v4i2.3308

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Section

Theoretical essays