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Death of people around us is something that all of us will have to experience some point in their lives both Kitchen and Chronicle of a Death Foretold looks into how death affects the characters in the story Death is generally associated with negativity especially if its to someone that is close to our heart While many stories very obviously makes death seem positive or negative in both Kitchen and Chronicle of a Death foretold we are made to think about and decide for ourselves since there is both bad and good outcome Often death causes grief Death is evident in Kitchen right at the start of the story This emotion is felt by Mikage when her grandmother dies We are told that Mikages grandmother is dead right at the start of Kitchen when my grandmother died the other day I was taken by surprise and the death had caused her to have many sleepless nights After my grandmother died I couldnt sleep As you can see she has suffered a deep mental anguish as she couldnt find peace after her grandmothers death the death was especially painful for her because she was Mikages only remaining close relative since her parents and grandfather both died when she was young Guilt is another impact of death that appears in both texts and has a profound impact on others around the deceased When Yuichi calls and tells Mikage that Eriko is dead you can tell that there is a strong feeling of guilt in Mikages mind about not spending enough time with Eriko When was it that Eriko and I last saw each other Had we parted laughing My head was spinning Guilt is a very strong emotion and Mikage feels this because she believes she didnt spend enough time with her Eriko had the love to take her in when she needed someone but once Mikage moved out it seemed like she forgot about
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