Analysis and Interpretation of No Angel

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At some point in everyone’s life, we lose someone that is close to us. It is a very natural part of the human life and we all have to process it in our own different ways. Everyone has their own way of dealing with the loss of a loved one. In the short story “No Angel” from 2010, Bernie McGill processes this theme. In the short story, a girl called Annie loses her entire family. Bernie McGill writes about how she copes with her grief. In the following essay, I will analyze the author’s use of supernatural elements as a gateway between the living and the dead.
The main character in ”No Angel” is a woman whose father has recently passed away. We are told that she has a boyfriend/fiancé . Even though she is technically being “haunted” by
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The supernatural elements do not stand out from, for example, the death of her brother and mother.
The theme of the story is the processing of death. Loosing someone dear can be very hard and difficult to overcome. We both want to remember them, and to move on. That is a very hard thing to do. The key is to come to terms with the fact that you cannot ever see this person again, and that you will be without this person for the rest of your life, but that is okay. Because everybody is going to die eventually. No.one lives forever. The only place someone can live forever is in the hearts and minds of people who have loved them. Therefore, it is important to remember them when they are here, and never take a person’s love for granted.
The story is not about ghosts and fathers haunting their daughters and telling them whom to date. The story is about a young woman that needs to process the deaths of her family.
The title of the short story fits very well, because her father is not an angel. Nor is he a ghost. He is a father. He is an old man with bad lungs that still cares for his daughter, even after his death. He knows that she is not over the deaths of her whole family. He knows that she cannot fully live her life before she has processed the deaths of her family. Therefore, he helps her by showing her that they are all right. Once she had seen that

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