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The impact that death has upon individuals is quite significant It represents freedom it predetermines ones future and it affects relationships In both The boat and Vision Alistair MacLeods stories both revolve around the awful deaths In both the stories the events rise out of seasonal reproductive life cycles which make life more boring and forces death into the characters The deaths seen include both the death of humans and the death of animals such as we see in Vision The deaths affect the actual characters who die and lots of other people around them Death changes the lives of the characters in The boat It affects the father mother and particularly the narrator The death also sets both the father and narrator free and it predetermines all their futures and relationships The death in The boat is of the father He does not enjoy life and he has an unpleasant time just by being alive His death sets people free but it also is negative for his wife as she is left to fend for herself The foreshadowing of death by the introductory reflections creates an effect of suspense and anticipation In detailing the cigarette butts as gray corpses on the overflowing ashtray MacLeod is already hinting at future events This foreshadowing works well as it gets the reader more involved and tense It is harder to loose the plot when you are already trying to work out what is going to happen At the start he foreshadows quite heavily but each time he uses the effect he does not spoil it by revealing too much Freedom is a force that is shown to the reader with death The setting revolves around the traditional family that has many family values With other particular family members still alive none of the characters can live their life as they choose They are forced to act in the way that their traditional family members
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