When the topic of death occurring within a movie or TV show comes up, plenty of ideas come to my head. One in particular that comes up was one that Ihave recently watch, Marley and Me. This movie is based on a young couple who are movie south to Florida for a nice change of scenery. They decide to adopt a dog and their final decision winds up being a yellow lab who they name, Marley. The second the dog is brought to their new home, the dog goes crazy and tears into everything, destroying everything in its path. As time passes, the dog begins to settle into the home and the young couple truly sees how much they love the dog. As you are viewing this movie you cannot help but fall in love with Marley. As we all know, every good thing must come to an end and Marley falls very sick with no chance of being saved. Marley is soon put to sleep and dies in his best friends arms.
Death in this film is shown by the beginning of suffering and soon after, passing away peacefully with loved ones by their side. Death occurs in many forms every single day and the loved ones
who have to endure their passing all have different methods of coping with the loss. I believe the portrayal of death is useful within this film because you can interpret it as an elderly couple sleeping together, holding one another, when one passes away peacefully in their sleep.
I believe the media does a terrible job at portraying death to our society and all its viewers. When you turn on the news, I cant remember the last time they played a 5 minute segment of something positive. Every message they give is about the catastrophes occurring around the world and the immense amounts of suffering. Never do you turn your tv on to hear “Jane Doe, active member in the community, passed away last night holding her husband of 65 years hand. She will be missed by many.” I believe this to be a big reason as to why people in our society have such a negative outlook on death and dying. I don’t think they do a good job of showing the diverse ways our culture deals with death because I feel like the way they display death is more of a one-way street. I definitely believe that the way the media portrays death and dying and a “death denying culture.” Maybe if they were to change the way they discussed the topics of death society as a whole can grow together in better understanding the concept of how prevalent death is in our daily lives.
I would highly recommend this movie. 🙂
Here’s the trailer to the film: