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Fidelity and Infidelity in The Altar of the Dead George Stransom dealt with issues of fidelity and infidelity among his dead the woman and with himself Throughout the story George viewed the dead as his sole priority and they were all he focused on that is until a mysterious woman came into his life After the woman came into his life he had a problem distinguishing his priorities and an inner conflict ensued within him where he became confused From the beginning of the story he has a direct point of view of the his dead and of how they should be treated He treated the dead as if they were the living and the living as if they were dead where they really had no importance to him and lived in an imperfect state George was very keen on being loyal to his dead wife He has yet to meet another woman since her death and he frequently visits her grave He shuns society and is pretty much on his own with no one to share his life with whether it be romantically or social He lived as if being faithful to his wife as if she were still alive and did not do this or that for fear that it would somehow affect his relationship to his wife Georges dead wife was still in his mind his possession prized possession at that and he could not seem to let go of her In a way this is what he is doing when he numbers his dead and keeps track of them he is still holding on to those whom he has lost and treats the dead as if they were still alive by worshipping and honoring them His wife for example appears to be his most treasured of the dead But in her being dead he seems to only be all the more faithful and loyal to her almost as if his
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