Dead but Not Forgotten: "The Violent Bear it Away" by Flannery O'Connor and "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner.

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Death is never easy. It always hurts somebody, whether it is the person dying, or people that surround him or her. However, even when the person is gone and pain is starting to disappear, there is always something left after. Interestingly, people have a habit of leaving things after them in hearts, minds and even souls of other people. For some, the dead ones were friends that supported them and gave the sincere advice, for some - teachers that guided and shared knowledge with them, and for the others - loving family that raised them. In a word, it is rare when the person is gone without leaving something behind. Very frequently, it's his/ her ideas that are alive no matter whether people around feel it or not. It appears that some family members or close people of the passed ones sometimes do not realize that they live their lives as the dead person is still alive, feeling their presence, inheriting their ideas into life.

Both, the novel "The Violent Bear it Away" by Flannery O'Connor and "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner represent a dramatic side of the living presences of the dead experienced by their relatives and other people. The central characters in both stories, Old Man Tarwater and Addie Bundren, die early leaving behind confusion, unresolved problems set by them, questions they asked and never answered, and numerous ideas and rules that were sometimes insane, hard or even impossible to follow or fulfill. The ideas Old Man and Addie Bundren had about life cannot be compared as they are way too different. However, it should be mentioned that both of them were true believers of their own ideas and tried to project them on everybody around, strengthening them and giving them more and...