Death and the Dysfunctional American Family

April 10, 2015 7:24 AM

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The death of a parent can have a profound effect on a normal family. But when a parent in a wildly dysfunctional family kicks the bucket, the shit hits the fan with a rather remarkable vehemence.

From the cruel and untimely murder of Banquo ("Lesser than Macbeth, and greater" -- "Not so happy, yet much happier" -- "Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none") in The Tragedy of Macbeth to the sadness surrounding Willy Loman's passing in Death of a Salesman ("Attention must be paid"), a parent'...

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