When I'm Gone Themes & Motifs

Bleeker, Emily
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Grieving and Individuality

Bleeker investigates the grieving process and argues that it is as unique as the individual. The way Luke’s children grieve for their mother’s death is very different, with their different ages being a big influence. Will is old enough to understand that his mother is gone for good and as such he is extremely sad and distant from the rest of his family, locking himself in his room to grieve privately. He snaps at May, annoyed that she does not understand the gravity of the situation after Natalie’s funeral. May, too young to understand that her mother is gone forever, is convinced that she had returned when she sees her pancakes made in the way Natalie used to make them for her. When her father reminds her that her mother is gone, she is upset, believing that her mother would return...

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