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ARNA BONTEMPS. A Summer Tragedy. [ “Jennie,” he called. “What’s that, Jeff?” His wife’s shrunken voice came out of the adjoining room like an echo. A Summer Tragedy. Bontemps, Arna. Primary Category: Literature / Primary Source. The Old South: “A Summer Tragedy” and Other Stories of the Thirties. The story, ‘A Summer of Tragedy’ was written in by Arna Bontemps. It was written at a time of great economic depression and.

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Steve added it Mar 15, Abdolla Salah marked it as to-read Nov 28, He has crippling arthritis.

The fear of becoming a burden, the reality of experiencing arha symptoms, and the inability to live and die with dignity may conspire to create a situation that causes some elders and chronically ill patients to bontmeps suicide as their best solution.

Check entries in the internet and you find that this story is used in medical school for geriatric cases. Joseph Budgett marked it as to-read Aug 22, The delicate balance that they establish to maintain function and quality arns life is tenuous at best. Bontemps was African-American, the son of a brick mason and a schoolteacher, educated in California and New York. The setting of the story was in during the height of the Great Depression and many of the black Americans still did not own the land they tilled.

A Summer Tragedy

Each character compensates for the other’s limitations, but only with difficulty. Hendrick Xiong-Calmes rated it really liked it Jun 18, He has suffered at least one paralytic stroke. This couple weighed their options and made their fateful decision without the benefit of a physician, chaplain, social worker or ethics committee.


Place Published New York. The story opens when the couple is preparing for a arnw trying to wear their best even if full of holes suits. With charm and pathos, the couple fulfills the pledge they made to one another when no other alternative seemed appropriate.

The litany of medical problems Bontemps illustrates in this story is familiar to all clinicians who care for aging patients.

The little car leaped furiously down the steep incline toward the water. The two old black folks, sitting quietly side by side, showed no excitement. Summary The short story considers the final afternoon in the lives of Jeff and Jennie Patton, a frail elderly couple, who have spent their lives as poor sharecroppers, barely able to make ends meet for themselves and their children.

Jeff is afraid and trembling while trying to put on his bow tie. Dasdasd marked it summmer to-read Oct 09, Seth rated it liked it Mar 05, He lived his professional years in the south as a teacher, writer, and later, as the librarian at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

A Summer Tragedy

We can get sick tragrdy a prolonged one can wipe out your savings. Agnes Danso marked it as to-read Dec 06, He was terrified by the least unfamiliar sound at night.

And I felt I wanted to hug them each moment they live and relive their lives through this magical prose.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We can die anytime. Often, their disabilities are almost complementary and create a state of fragile interdependence.

Patients now have unprecedented access to drugs and procedures that may preserve function and enhance quality of life. The practice of medicine requires physicians to become students of these same themes as they bear witness, first hand, to these same events.

His swallow-tailed coat lay on the bed beside him, freshly brushed and pressed, but it was as full of holes as the overalls in which he worked on weekdays Feathers Scott marked it as to-read Sep 01, Ara had a wasted, dead-life appearance.

Despite his lack of a background in medicine and at a time when medical care was quite primitive, he rendered a remarkably contemporary image of a poor, isolated, elderly couple with accumulating disabilities and growing fears about their future.

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“A Summer Tragedy”: A Geriatric Case Study

It was a slow and painful ordeal for each bojtemps them in this position. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. And that habit of trembling when he felt fearful was now far beyond his control. Jeff’s problem list is equally recognizable. Jaclyn Capes added it Feb 13, M added it Jan 28,