Notes of a Dirty Old Man - Section 13 and Section 14 Summary & Analysis

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Section 13 begins on page 70 with the words "is this the way it ends?" In the story, a man lies dying from an overdose of alcohol and pills. As he dies, he thinks about his life, and realizes he has never done anything worthwhile. He has a daughter he has not seen for years, and was a poet who some believe to be better than Elliot, but some believe to be useless. A tune begins playing endlessly in his head as he reads a postcard from his students, and realizes he does not feel anything anymore. He thinks of who he can call to say he is dying, but realizes the world has been made to force people into dying alone. As he lies dying in his own blood, he realizes everyone fails, as everyone is nailed to their own cross. He...

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