For this prompt I am using the TV show “American Horror Story” Season 1. In this show many people die either unexpectedly or on purpose and often characters can come back to life if they die in a certain house. When one of the main characters died- Addie a 40 year old lady with Downs Syndrome, the grief was almost unbearable. Unlike other characters on the show, she was was not evil and her death was pretty tragic. After being hit by a car, Addie thanked her mother for not putting her into the house and allowing her to die since she didn’t want to live forever feeling trapped. Overall, how death is portrayed in this show is a bit unclear but refreshing at the same time because it goes into the subject of immortality.
I believe that the media has a huge influence on our understanding of death. because rather its the news or a TV show we always see it. The media can help us learn to grieve (for better or worse) because we are fed opinions by many people as we watch TV. The media does portray a diverse portrait of how society deals with death and dying. For example, think about the news. When we hear things like war and people dying we may feel sorry, but we don’t really grasp the full effect. However, when a famous celebrity passes on the whole country grieves as one. I think the media tries to glamorize death if there is such a thing. Going back to a war story, we only hear tidbits and not the full details however, when it came to the death of a famous celebrity such as Micheal Jackson, we got to hear how he died, the exact drug that killed him, where he was, the doctor who did it and so on. People were still talking about Jackson’s death a year later! To me, it seems like the media is only trying to gain interest of an audience, and nothing else when it comes to death. The media seems to cover only high profile deaths making other death in the nations seem unimportant. All in all, death might not be an east thing to talk about but, the media will give up any information they have on a “popularized death” instead of any regular civilians death for ratings.
I am really on the fence with the idea that America is a “death denying culture,” most people know death in inevitable. Many people are shocked when a young person dies verses an elder. However, there are still some of those people who believe that they are invincible. I guess what it really comes down to is people’s personal experiences. A person who just had a loved one die will probably think of death more often than someone who has never experienced a person in their life die. I believe that it’s a huge barrier in between the argument of America being a “death denying culture.” Finally, in my opinion America should not deny death, it is going to happen rather it is tragic or peaceful, life is a time game that we can’t escape.