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Essay on The Tooth by Clara Spencer

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Since Laurell K Hamilton once stated, "death is your final intimate thing we ever do". It comes in different ways and at various occasions, however, death comes for all of us. In Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening, Edna is faced with massive heartache and desperation that she believes she has no other choice except to take her own life. This is paralleled at The Tooth and The Lottery, two short stories by Shirley Jackson. Both stories include a character who's satisfied with their death at unexpected moments in their lifetimes, but in very different conditions. The event of death plays an essential part in these three functions. In the short story, The Tooth, Clara Spencer is leaving home to go to the dentist. She has had a toothache for so long as she can recall. Her husband follows her into the bus station, and appears really concerned about this toothache that she's had for their whole marriage. Clara has medicated herself greatly with "codeine, whiskey, and sleeping pills" and these have left her feeling "funny, light-headed, and dizzy" (Jackson, pg. 266). Though her husband has to go along, Clara goes to new york alone. She feels as she had been "all tooth and nothing else". While on the bus she meets a guy called Jim who talks with her the entire way. She eventually makes it into the dentist and gets her bothersome tooth eliminated. While below the anesthesia, she fantasies about Jim. After the process is finished, she gets her way to the ladies room to freshen up. However, when she looks in the mirror, she does not recognize the reflection looking back at her. She removes the barrette out of her hair along with her name on it and reads the title aloud, attempting to recognize the owner of the thing and the title which she doesn't recognize. She's disappoi...

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