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A Life Worth Ending

ALife Worth Ending

Alife worth ending,is an article by Michael Wolff on the struggles that his aging motherfaces and the struggles that he has to go through, while trying tomake the best decisions for her mother who is not in a position tomake the decisions for her. The article also dwells in the state ofhealth care in the modern world and the contribution that insurancemakes in meeting the costs of ailments at old age. The articlefocuses on the care that the old get and the facilities that areready to offer them. There is also the struggle between letting themother die for keeping her alive, and the writer compares it to legaleuthanasia to put across his point. The article below focuses on ajournal that can last years in the health care system looking for thebest quality of health care and hoping for a recovery for our loveones concentrating on the themes opinion and personal reflection. Thewriter also refers to old age as a Holocaust as a display of emotionto what his mother is going through (Epstein). These two themescontribute to the narrative in that they give value to the strugglesthat the writer is going through. They show the doubt that the writerhas on the decisions he has made, the effectiveness of the healthcare in existence and on the contribution made by technology.

Personalreflection is one theme that the author seems to struggle a lot with.In the narrative, he says that he couldn’t count on anybody puttinga pillow over him and thus he wouldn’t be willing to end hismother’s life. He goes further to ask who would do such in theirconscious. In their 2009 Thanksgiving, the writer asks how they hadmissed all the indicators that were showing their deterioratingmother as she couldn’t even notice the burning pot. In anotherinstance, the writers say that it was a year gone off him reflectingon what he needed to say and wanting to get over with the sufferingthat his mother was experiencing (Theosophical Ruminator). Thepersonal reflection helps the author think wisely and make betterdecisions given the circumstances. The observations also assist inthe narratives plot in that they piece the events together and givesthe story a good flow.

Opinionhas also been on display in the story. In the story, the writer saysthat what he felt intensely was guilt as he sat next to his motherbed, a guilt of having to keep her alive. In his pain, the writeralso says that the longer one lives, the longer it will take for themto die, the healthier they may be, the more painful death they mayexperience. He also goes on to say that death has beentechnologically inhibited showing the writers opinions. They help toshow the emotions that the author goes through and contribute toexpound on the theme of the narrative (Wolff).

Ultimately,the story is the battle for living long and the struggles that comewith age. The discussion is in the form of a question whether it isworth living many years given the ailments that one is assured ofgetting given the statistics on display. The narrative is a show ofemotions and opinions that run through a person’s conscious in lifestruggles and bring out the topic of mercy killing. In conclusion,the question would be a mercy killing a viable option or not.


Epstein,Emily Anne. Mail online. 21.05.2012.www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2147786/The-longer-live-longer-die-Author-Michael-Wolff-makes-heart-wrenching-plea-sick-mother-die.html.Accessed 10.11.2016.

TheosophicalRuminator. Theosophical Ruminations. 25.5.2012.https://theosophical.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/new-york-magazine-a-life-worth-ending/. Accessed 10.11.2016.

Wolff,Michael. New York Magazine. 20.5.2012.http://nymag.com/news/features/parent-health-care-2012-5/index1.html.Accessed 10.11.2016.