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Death is a very natural occurrence in life and everyone experiences death differently but yet in the same way When Augustine was a young boy his father died and he makes a small account of this in the Confessions Later on in life he loses a dear friend and his loving mother With time he mentally matures and death affects Augustine differently each time The death of his father was merely mentioned in the Confessions while the death of Monica his mother was an elaborate detailed account of the time of her death The death of his close friend when Augustine was a child made him realize that life is temporalGrowing up Augustine was not very close to his father He confided in his mother and leaned towards her Christian beliefs Patricius Augustines father was a pagan but later became a catechumen Patricius did not pressure Augustine about following his mothers beliefs and gave him the freedom to do so When Augustine was a child he was subjected to the verbal abuse his father laid on Monica His father was also not faithful and this left a lasting scaring impression on Augustine Patricius never hit Monica and she realized that other wives were being beaten so she accepted the verbal abuse Patricius was proud of his sons accomplishments and was admired by all for the sacrifices Patricius made for Augustine Patricius was considered generous but then was also very hot-tempered In the Confessions Augustine only makes note of his fathers death and one reason may be that Augustine was not happy with the way Patricius treated his loving and ever-forgiving mother Shortly after Patricius death Augustine deals with death once more with his childhood friendIn the Confessions Augustine tells of a close friend he had as a child growing up They both went to school together and enjoyed each others company I had come to have a friend who because of our shared
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