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Can You Laugh at Death What would you do if you found out you were dying of cancer Would you able to make jokes and laugh it off as though it were nothing Would your humor be a way of denying the truth People use humor in different ways In The Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor Sherman Alexie tells how one man tries to use humor to deny the reality of his terminal disease He shows how humor can be taken too far This story demonstrates how humor can destroy one part of your life as it helps you cope with another Jimmy has been diagnosed with cancer and knows he is going to die He uses humor as a way of dealing with his disease His ability to laugh and joke about his situation does not impress his wife Norma Instead it has the opposite effect and causes her to leave him The story shows two sides to humor It shows its ability to help a man deal with or deny his certain death and its ability to destroy what he loves For Jimmy using humor is his own way of coping with his disease He continually makes jokes about his tumors until Norma finally tells him If you say anything funny ever again Im going to leave you 159 His response is to tell another joke Keeping her promise his wife leaves him to deal with his disease alone Was his joking a way of dealing with his disease Or was it his way of trying to deny the existence of his disease In a review of this story Joseph Coulombe states His humor seems like an effort to hide from the reality of cancer par 13 Humor is Jimmys way of keeping himself in denial about his disease and his certain death At first it appears as if he is being brave by being able to joke about his terminal illness
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