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It is known that many times people have their greatest effect on the living after they have passed away In the story The Dead by James Joyce it is clearly seen that Michael Furey has his greatest effect on Gretta from beyond the grave Death shows mans greatest flaw and when people have a close brush with it they are forced to come to the reality that they too will someday die The realization that death is approaching yields decisions of change to make life more enjoyable and to prepare themselves for the life after Gretta recalls the time that she spent with the first man she loved Michael Furey had a lasting effect on Gretta because of the things he did for her while he was alive however she appreciated the things he did for her even more after he died Michael and Gretta had been lovers when the two were younger prior to Grettas marriage to Gabriel When Michael found that Gretta was moving away from him Michael lost all desire to live A week before Gretta left Michael went to Grettas grandmothers house in the pouring cold rain to see her He stood outside despite the sickness that he knew would come because of his actions until finally after a great deal of pleading by Gretta he returned home A couple of weeks later Gretta received the news that Michael Furey had died he had grown sick and died because he loved Gretta so much This had a profound impact on Gretta because the one man she had ever loved had given up his life to spend only a few minutes with her Michael Furey was at the back of Grettas mind for many years until she was at a party where she became aware that there was a possibility that she could visit west Ireland Michaels home Ms Ivors a friend of the Conroys offered the trip to Gabriel as a
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