Youth suicide ranks as one of the most compelling problems in our society today. Although suicide is difficult to discuss and yet is impossible to ignore, as a pervasive issue it affects all levels of our society. The suicidal act, whether or not it is successful, generally defies any argument of logic and becomes to those who are involved an inexplicable nightmare of guilt, anguish, and frustration. One of the most helpful resources in our culture for understanding youth suicide as well as other human actions, both normal and aberrant, may very well be our literary heritage. The concept of death by one's own hand has fascinated writers for centuries, and the involvement of so many major writers with the subject of . . .
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