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Graham Greene takes on the themes of death and the afterlife in quite a few of his stories and develops them to show the many different ideas people have about these two controversial themes In Proof Positive Major Weaver is pronouncing to the audience that he has cancer He is proclaiming that the spirit was stronger than anyone realised and that the spirit was everything Weaver seems to be extremely determined to prove this to his audience who were not taking any notice of him He then dies and everyone is sent away Dr Brown speaks with a distress unusual in a doctor accustomed to every kind of death This is because he whispers The man must have been dead a week Weavers presence at the meeting a week after he died should be a substantial amount of evidence of the souls immortality Weaver must have planned this encounter because Colonel Crashaw had received a note from the speaker a little more than a week before The Colonel however does not take this to be proof that the spirit outlives the body but that without the body the spirit decayed into nothingness because all he certainly revealed was how without the bodys aid the spirit in seven days decayed into whispered nonsense This story shows us two views to death and the afterlife The first being that the spirit lives forever while the second is that the spirit can not last without the body In The Second Death we see a conversation taking place between two friends one of whom is dying The narrator who is the healthy man takes his friends death as a joke even though the doctor says Theres nothing I can do The doctor also says that Hes frightened about something We realise that he is afraid of dying a sinner This fear arises because he is convinced that he has already died once and the experience was a horrible one
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