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Life Lessons about Dying from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on October 24, 2010

I recently came across the movie Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, a delightful children’s movie full of wonder and magic.   I was drawn in by the elegant way they handled the topic of death.   The dialogue between the two characters as they discussed the impending death of Mr. Magorium was insightful and inspirational.  I was so touched by their interaction that I thought I would share their exchange with you.  If you have not seen this movie, I would highly recommend that you take a moment to sit back and enjoy.   And remember… “Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”

From Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium:

Mr. Edward Magorium: [to Molly, about dying] When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He’s written “He dies.” That’s all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is “He dies.” It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with “He dies.” And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it’s only natural to be sad, but not because of the words “He dies.” but because of the life we saw prior to the words.
[pause, walks over to Molly]

Mr. Edward Magorium: I’ve lived all five of my acts, Mahoney, and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I’m only asking that you turn the page, continue reading… and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest “He died.”

Molly Mahoney: [starting to sob] I love you.

Mr. Edward Magorium: I love you, too.
[picks Molly up, sighs heavily]

Mr. Edward Magorium: Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.

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