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Losing someone close to you a loved one is a very difficult situation This causes people to change their lives and the way they look at life Valediction a poem and Man on the Moon both tell of this dilemma Many similarities are attributed to the two relationships between man and woman in Valediction and the two brothers Brent and Sam in Man on the Moon However there are differences between the two stories In this relationship of brother to brother there is a closeness in which the only thing that can come between them is death Brent and Sam are very close and almost act as the same person As a big brother Brent tries comforting Sam when he is scared He tells Sam Its OK its just the silly old man on the moon 159 Because of this Sam looks for a type of security from Brent even after he is gone After watching the first moon flight Sam says to the sky I love you brother you know that though 163 This shows that Sam believes he can receive comfort from Brent even though he is gone By remembering certain traits doing some of the same activities and talking about Brent to others helps him cope with this loss This occurs when he says I dropped my canvas bag next to the mound rubbed up a ball and stretched Then I began throwing 161 Sam tries to talk about the disappearance in order to release some of the thoughts he still has inside but does not have much success in that others want to put the past away Sam is talking to The Swan Brents girlfriend and wondering if Brent would want them to move on Sam then says Brent would say Dont look back brother Another day another fastball 164 Although Brent is still in his mind years later in his life Sam is able to move on in life and
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