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One of the major themes in the Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton is that throughout our lives we all suffer but its how we deal with the suffering that determines the quality of our lives Many individuals suffer their entire lives and never come to grips with it until it is too late While others suffer and deal with that suffering leading to much more happier lives May is a character in the Book of Ruth that has dealt with a lot of suffering It seems that almost her whole life suffering is all she has done For May suffering began with childhood and lasted all the way to her own death We can all clearly see that how May dealt with her suffering truly did shape how her life turned out The death of Mays husband shaped the person that she was and how she acted towards others Leading finally to her tragic death One major cause of Mays suffering was the death of the love her life Willard Jenson The year was 1941 and Pearl Harbor gave president Roosevelt the chance hed been dying for War was declared and Willard Jenson got the call36 Mays husband was called to war It was there that he was killed May never saw him again May had lost the only person that she cared about and the only person who cared about her Willard Jenson was Mays life and so after he was gone so was her life Death is always hard for everyone It is difficult to lose a loved one but for May is was especially tough May had not only lost her world she was in denial about it This denial lasted for ten long years To her because the body was never found Willard was still alive and someday he would return home to her Life went on for May but it was almost unbearable She went on living her life
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