A few months ago I shared my favourite first sentences in books and so today I decided to share my favourite last sentences. I am just going to put a big spoiler warning on this post since you know, last sentences and all that.
“I am haunted by humans.” – The Book Thief
So I loved Death in The Book Thief. Like I haven’t been able to finish the movie because they cut out my favourite character. The thing I love so much about him is that he is just doing his job, and death is a pretty bad thing to happen to someone. But the entire book is about how the things humans do are actually worse than death.
“We each owe a death, there are no exceptions, I know that, but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile is so long.” – The Green Mile
So at the end of The Green Mile we see that Paul is living way longer than he should. In a way he is being punished for allowing John Coffey to die. But he is being punished by having to live and see all the people he loves die. Basically he is waiting to die (walking the green mile) but we see that this punishment could last a very very long time “If he could make a mouse live so long, how much longer do I have?”.
“And, abruptly, the concept came, amusing to him even in his pain. … Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend.” – I Am Legend
So the people who made the 2007 movie adaption of I Am Legend made a huge, colossal mistake in not killing Robert at the end. Robert is the last of his kind, the terror he feels for these vampires is the exact same terror they feel for him. They are the new race of humans and he is now the monster.