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Does Mr Harvey actually die in the end? it says he falls into the snow, because of an...

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lucky455 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 16, 2007 at 8:08 PM via web

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Does Mr Harvey actually die in the end?

it says he falls into the snow, because of an icicle falling on him, but i would like to know if he is dead - because its not clear.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 16, 2007 at 11:20 PM (Answer #1)

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Yes, he does die. At the very end of the book, Harvey falls into a ravine (a narrow gully with steep sides) after he's hit by the falling icicle,and snow covers his body. This can only mean that even if he survived the fall, no one will find his body because it will be concealed by the snow. It would also be hard to spot down in the ravine.

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 17, 2007 at 2:43 AM (Answer #2)

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I agree that he does die, and one should not overlook the parallels to Harvey's cold and lonely death to that of his victim's, Susie Salmon.

Harvey had lured Susie to an underground "hole" in a frozen cornfield. He will meet his death also in the bitter tempertures, in a "hole" as well (the ravine), and the shape of a the icicle that kills him is similar to the shape of a corn cob.

Also, like Susie, no one knows where he is and it will be some time, if ever, before he is found.

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jojokk | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 8, 2010 at 7:21 AM (Answer #3)

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I saw the movie yesterday. And by the fall I'd reckon anyone would die instantly!

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