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I looked at its face and I knew it was a girl and my mother said, “This is the way it ‘s done,” and she fisted her other hand waited and I could hear the chattering of the sparrows from the box.”

I believe one of the main themes of the story is the acceptance of death. In this passage, the narrator has her first more or less unpleasant experience with death. She watches something she cared for die right in front of her in the hands of her own mother. Also, the narrator deals with her grandfather’s death and her childhood fear of not being able to take care of his spirit. At the end of the story the narrator actually ends up killing Mr. Green herself in a similar way to how her mother killed the sparrow. Throughout the story the narrator goes from fearing death to, aiding the act herself. It is possible that as she got older death became a more normal concept to her as she experienced it throughout her life.

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