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How to Watch Your Brother Die Love as with all other things brings pain and suffering Michael Lassells poem How to Watch Your Brother Die brings a lot of different issues to the table From reading this poem I dont believe that it is Lassells brother who is actually dying but rather a close friend and that friends own brother whom he had known in his life The issues that are discussed in this poem are those of which that hit very close to home in todays society Aids is a disease that has no present cure and can be contracted through many different ways whether it is from drug use sexual contact and even blood transfusions In Lassells essay he talks about a brother who gets a call that his brother is dying in California Obviously from the way that the poem sounds these two brothers had problems earlier in life and had not been on speaking terms and now one of the brothers is dying from a life threatening disease Now that you know the basis for this poem I am going to explain some of the major points that are inside of it Lassell is trying to show the pain that a brother feels for not accepting his brothers choices Now in the time of death there is nothing one can do to change the things of the past Lassell says Forgive him out loud even if he cant hear you Realize the scar will be all thats left of him Lassell 647 This phrase goes to show that no matter what has happened in the past try to look past it and see the better side of it Okay so you werent happy with your brothers sexual preferences but learn to look past them and think about what he wanted That is all that matters what he wanted Even though you dont believe that it is the right
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