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To Hell With Dying

In the picture book "To Hell with Dying" by Alice Walker, the narrator and her sibling were loyal companions to their elderly neighbor Mr. Sweet.Walker's use of point of view, setting, characters, themes, and figurative language help the story evolve.
Walker writes this short story infirst person point of view.The narrator, a now more matured woman, reminisces on her childhood memories of the "revivals" of Mr. Sweet but then towards the end she begins to talk about the present day and her attempt to save Mr. Sweet once again.The young girl is the narrator and protagonist in the story.The point of view affects the story because the reader cannot understand the pleasure that the children bring into Mr. Sweet's somewhat meaningless life.With having the girl narrate the story, the reader is unable to detect her siblings' emotional reaction to Mr. Sweet.Each characters outlook on a certain situation is vital to the overall story but the reader does not get that in Walker's story.
The reader does not get any background information on any of the characters hence the characters are flat.The only character that is semi-round is Mr. Sweet because the reader learns about his alcoholism, diabetes, ambitions, and musical skills with the guitar.The protagonist is a girl in her early to mid twenties.The antagonist is her elderly neighbor, Mr. Sweet Little.The narrator of the story is a young, vibrant girl who doesn't really understand why and the important of reviving Mr. Sweet.The girl is very observant to Mr. Sweet's ungrown-up like behaviors when he is with her and her siblings.She also noticed, "how much [he] depended on her" when she would participate in the revivals.The girl's main purpose in the story is to help "revive Mr. Sweet from the deathbed by kissing and tickling him all over with her other siblings keeping him company.The reader…


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