In a book about living forever, it's not surprising that death gets a lot of screen time. It's not easy to think about death—we at Shmoop don't even like squishing that bug that's always crawling around our desks. But Tuck Everlasting gets us to take a step back and think about what it would mean if we never died. Would that be just as scary? Or possibly even worse? It's up to you to form your own opinion, but this novel Shmoops us toward grappling with the tough stuff.
Winnie was right to pass up the immortality juice—we can tell from the Tucks' experience that it's not the way to go.
Winnie would have drunk the spring water if she hadn't seen the look in Tuck's eyes as he was watching the man in the yellow suit die. That just pushed her over the edge.