full title Death Be Not Proud
author John Gunther
type of work Non-fiction memoir
genre Illness narrative; epistolary narrative
time and place written Late 1940s, the United States
date of first publication 1949
publisher Harper & Row
narrator Gunther (in main narrative); Johnny (in letters and diary); Frances
climax Johnny's doctor's cannot extract any fluid from his stone-sized tumor.
setting (time) 1945-47
setting (place) New York; Connecticut; Massachusetts
point of view Gunther's; Johnny's (through his diary and letters); Frances's
falling action Johnny's death and funeral
tense Immediate past tense
foreshadowing Gunther reveals on the first page that Johnny died; he also sees it on a doctor's face early on.
tone Elegant, journalistic, yet often emotional and philosophical
themes Courage and willpower in the face of death; the uniqueness of loving life; childhood versus adulthood
motifs Johnny's bump
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