Nights in Rodanthe

220px-Nights_in_rodanthe_posterThere are many movies and TV shows in which the main character dies. While thinking of this prompt, the first movie that comes to mind is Nights in Rodanthe. The main character, Dr. Paul Flanner, played by Richard Gere, was killed while he was volunteering at a medical clinic in Ecuador. The movie is a love story turned tragedy. Adrienne, played by Diane Lane, is a divorced mother who travels to Rodanthe, North Carolina for the weekend to watch over a bed and breakfast her best friend owns. While tending to the bed and breakfast, Adrienne encounters Paul, the only guest booked at the bed and breakfast all weekend. At first they clash, but shortly after they fall in love. After what ended up being a romantic weekend Paul and Adrienne part ways as Paul is leaving for Ecuador to reach out to his estranged son and help at a medical clinic. Adrienne and Paul write back in forth to each other while he is in Ecuador. The two plan to meet at Adrienne’s house after Paul’s flight returns to the states. Paul never showed up. The next day, Paul’s son arrives at Adrienne’s house to tell her Paul died in a mudslide. Adrienne is heartbroken and it shows her going through the grieving process.

The United States is a death defying country. A great example is in this movie, where Adrienne does not believe she lost the love of her life and once she does, she is at a complete loss as what to do next. This scene in the movie is a great representation of what most people do when they lose someone. It is seen throughout our country how many people cannot accept death. More so, we see that many people never fully comprehend a loved one has moved on. Death of a loved one is never easy to deal with but being more open and understanding of how people grieve can make the process more bearable.

I think the media, in general, portrays death as either very tragic or in a state of denial and at times can be sensationalized. The media seems to send us mixed signals when it comes to death and how we deal with it. For example, we see that death is typically dramatized or ignored through movies, TV and radio. In the media, especially in fictional works, the deaths of characters seem to be extreme. I do not necessarily think the media depicts an accurate portrayal of how most people die or reactions to other people dying, especially in our country.


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