How we cite our quotes:
"There are a thousand kinds of life and death across the whole metaphysical spectrum, not to mention the metaphorical. You don't want to stay dead for the rest of your life, do you?" (1.7.91)
Sure there are thousands of ways to die, but we can only think of one kind of death. The dead kind that no one comes back from. What are the thousands kinds of death that Perry speaks of? And could he be talking about himself here?
I don't want to die. I don't want to disappear. I want to stay. (1.7.117)
Coming from a dead guy, this kind of sounds absurd. In the grand scheme of things, is it "fair" that R gets a second shot at life?
"[A plant] is a meaningless decoration. It sits there consuming time and resources, and then one day it decides to die, no matter how much you watered it. It's absurd to attach an emotion to something so brief and pointless." (1.10.94)
Major Dad's little rant about plants is dripping with bitterness. From an objective standpoint, you could say the same thing about people, instead of plants, and he's probably thinking of his dead wife, even if only subconsciously, as he spews this anti-plant rhetoric.