Scot Gardner’s novel, “The Dead I Know” is about life, death and grief. Throughout the text Gardner tries to indicate that life, death and grief have a really vital relationship which can both have a positive and negative impact on a person. The main protagonist, Aaron, experienced the death of his parents when he was little; this made him not care about his life.
Aaron also relocated school several times, which made him lonely and shy since he didn’t have time and the guts to try make friends. Gardner also displays that one cannot live without dealing with their grief. Ultimately Gardner shows how life linked together through the characters in the novel. Throughout Aaron’s life, he faced many challenges. Gardner proclaims that one of the most predominant reasons his life was challenging was because he didn’t have any close relationships with anyone but Mam. Aaron only had parents till he was five because his dad murdered his mum and then committed suicide. This horrific event made him become too independent.
He started keeping everything to himself and he couldn’t really talk or express himself to anyone. School played a negative role too in Aaron’s life. It made him even more shy and reticent, and he ended up not trying to make any friends. Whenever he got picked on he just moved schools.
He indicates that, “It was safer to move than fight back. Five schools in as many years” (pg. 26).
Aaron stopped school and worked as an assistant to a funeral director called John Barton. He makes a really close bond with Mr. Barton and his family. They were the first people other than Mam with whom he had a close relationship. He was closer to Mr.
Barton’s daughter Skye, who he can talk to for a great amount of time. Skye states, “I thought you were shy.“ Aaron replies, “I am sometimes, but not all the time.” Skye finishes off saying, “It doesn’t seem you’re shy with me.” Aaron found it easier to express his e…