The Management of Grief

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The Management of Grief
Radians College
By: Anita Eric

Instructor: Clyde Buzzard
English 102
July 1, 2009

The Management of Grief
“The Management of Grief” is a story written by Bharti Mukherjee. She was born in Calcutta, India on July 27, 1940. The story dramatizes one of the historical catastrophic events and also presents the complicated emotional response of those affected by it. On June 12, 1985 Air India Flight 182 crashed. All 329 passengers and all the crew members aboard were killed. The cause of an incident was a bomb explosion in the front luggage compartment. The debris fell into the North Atlantic Ocean, hundred and ten miles southwest of Ireland’s coast. About 90% of the passengers aboard were Indian Canadian. Among the killed were the husband and the two sons of Shaila Bhave who is a narrative voice of the story. Shaila Bhave is a protagonist of the story and is a narrator of the story. Her tone can be expressed as detached and understated but still full of hope. There is a regret, guilt and hope in her words and actions. Though she is shocked by the dreadful events she stays calm and does not openly express her pain. She even goes to the shore of the sea and sit there for hours in a hope that her loved ones are alive by miracle.
Mostly in India according to Hindu tradition, the berieved family does not cook for a week. The food is being provided either by neighbours or family friends or is being prepared at berieved family’s house by visting friends or relatives. The same is going on at Shaila’s house. There are women preparing tea in her kitchen in an “Indian Way”. A reporter has come to interview her about the disaster. She desires to scream amidst of all the confusion at her house. The themes of the story are religion, gender role and cultural traditions. There are people at Shaila’s house, mostly Hindus, believe that the bomb was…...

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