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realize that his father’s soul is leaving the body. The speaker “[turns] as blue as a soul / As the moment when I was born”(33-34) from the realization that his father will live on with him forever. This realization holds true because his father gave him life, so therefore his father will live on in his life. Additionally, the speaker realizes that he is “not afraid for [his] father,”(35) for he knows his father will live eternally in heaven as well as inside of him. On the same note, his father “is grinning; he is not / Afraid for [the speaker's] life, either.”(36-37) The grin shows that the speaker realizes his father is pleased with the way he raised him; thus, his father is not worried about the paths his son will choose. Conclusively, by overcoming his

father’s death, the speaker begins to shift back into a peaceful life. In the ending ezzas, Dickey uses images demonstrating life and death to show that the speaker returns to a peaceful life. In the process of shifting back into his everyday life, the speaker becomes proud of his father, hoping that “the dying may float without fear / in the bold blue gaze of [his] father.”(43-44) This thought by the speaker shows how he want the other souls to act like his father, and migrate toward heaven unafraid. His proudness not only allows him to be at peace with himself, but also to think positively of his father. The speaker does not completely exit his delusional state until starts to feel his “pin-tingling hand half dead.”(46) His hand fell asleep in the time which he held

it up toward his father. He stares at his hand “in amazement,”(48) wondering why it is asleep. This amazement demonstrates that the speaker does not clearly remember his previous state of mind. By not remembering it, he can more easily return to a peaceful life. Finally, the speaker comprehends that his father looks down upon him from heaven through the “created hue of stained glass, “(52) or the separation of the worlds of heaven and earth. The speaker then proceeds to realize how valuable the part of his father that lives on with him is. At this point, the speaker has “just come down from [his] father,” meaning that he has surpassed the sadness of his father’s death. In conclusion, the speaker returns to a peaceful life. “The Hospital Window” demonstrates the

method in which is necessary to overcome a death. The surrealistic state one enters when a death occurs can become very confusing. The mourner’s life becomes peaceful again only when the mourner underezds the death. This reaction to death is common throughout society, especially because the world stops for no one, causing uncomparable stress on the mourner. When the death involves a direct family member, the reaction can be worse. As in the poem, one must overcome the death as quickly as possible so that he does not cause harmful stress to himself. The underezding of the death is also important; in most cases, it is the only way one can overcome death.