Grey’s Anatomy

I know that some have already touched on Grey’s Anatomy being a serial killer of main characters, but in all honesty can it be called anything else? Since the show began over 6 deaths have occurred, just counting the main characters, and it depicts practically the same scenario each time.  Each time that a death occurs there are always two main characters and five out of six of them have all died due to an event.  Whether it is getting hit by a bus, a gun man, or a plane crash, each time Grey’s Anatomy accurately portrays society in the aftermath of a death.  Grief is a very real thing that frequently gets forgotten in TV shows, where you only have an hour a week with the characters, and very often by the next episode they are on some new conquest.  Grey’s anatomy stays with the characters the entire time that they are dealing with the deaths, some deaths take longer for some characters then others, which is very accurate in the psychology realm.  And many times, it portrays each of the characters in a therapist setting along with their daily lives, which is very rare to see in a television show.

Since beginning of this year, I began experiencing death more than the average person does in a couple years.  And something every time brought me back to Grey’s Anatomy.  How they acted, what they said, what they felt, and how they began to cope, both in healthy and unhealthy ways, were all they emotions and tendencies I started to feel.  It gave me a gateway to learn how to base my feelings and how to treat them, as I had just seen the characters go through it all in the season before.   In my opinion, it helped me understand that these feelings were normal and that there are healthy as well as unhealthy ways of dealing with them.

Grey’s anatomy demonstrates a large portrait of how society dies and slightly how others die but as for portraying with how society deals with it, it is mainly limited to how the American culture deals with death and dying.  Now while there are many cultures described in a death and dying scenario, it does not go as in depth as it does with the typical American society.   It also is limited, as I stated before, to using traumatic and freak events, although there are little instances of sicknesses causing death  that influence some of the characters, like Meredith and her mother.

Ultimately, I see Grey’s anatomy as trying to prove the view that America is a “death denying culture”.  The entire setting is in a hospital, which is probably the number one location that experiences death on the regular. But brings out the point that even these doctors, who you see experience death every day with their patients, have a hard time dealing with a death that is close to them.  You also see how the main characters react when another individual is almost dead or is “dead” for the short amount of time.  They don’t accept it and they try to revive the person as hard as they can.  So yes, I do believe that all of this supports that motion that America is a “death denying culture”.


2 thoughts on “Grey’s Anatomy

  1. Very well thought out post on Grey’s Anatomy, and I am a big fan of that show as well. It is quite interesting how death is brought up through that show, and how it shows how the characters deal with it. I feel like this would be quite an actual portrayal of death in the real world, since it seems so realistic and dramatic. This, I also feel that a show like Grey’s Anatomy does in fact prove that America is a death denying culture. We pretty much ignore or avoid it all our lives, but many do not realize that death is inevitable and is going to come to all of us.

  2. I love this show, and that was a great thought about death in it. I completely agree about the fact that you said most people die on there from traumatic accidents, unlike real life, where most people die from sickness. Dennie is about the only decently main character who died from illness. I agree also when you said this show does show America as a death denying culture. This show is based around death, but when George, Lexi, and more main characters die, the ones who are left, do not know how to deal with it. They are always feeling that it wouldn’t happen to their loved ones, but when it does, I believe the show portrays a very realistic grieving process. The episodes that come after the death are always very sad, the people are constantly thinking and reminiscing on the dead. Just like in reality, the show portrays the main characters never thinking about their loved ones dying, but more of their patients dying. When it does happen, they are shocked and all in their emotions, just like in real life.

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