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Title: Six Feet Under: “Better Living Through Death”
Authors: Duarte, José
Keywords: Death
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa
Citation: Anglo-Saxonica: Revista do Centro de Estudos Anglísticos, nº1
Series/Report no.: 3ª;
Abstract: This paper aims at analysing the way in which the American society understands death. For this purpose, I will use the television series Six Feet Under by Allan Ball (2000-2005) as an excellent portrait of the funeral industry that sees death as a business and as a spectacle. However, the series also presents other important issues, for instance, that before death, laughing is the best medicine, something that the viewer may find in several episodes. Furthermore, it shows that the Fisher’s funeral home seems to be different from the rest of the industry, since they try to find meaning in life through death. This is something that can be seen in the way they treat the living, as well as the dead. The Fisher Funeral Home is the place of understanding between the living and the dead, and a metaphor for the path that looks for the equilibrium between past and present, in order to improve the future.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 0873-0628
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Appears in Collections:CEAUL/ULICES - AS - Série III - nº 1 – 2010

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