“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.” The theme for the movie If I Stay is living is about sacrifices and choices. There are three things that best show and the theme of the story are the setting the characters and most importantly the flashbacks
After going through a horrific car accident and is put into a coma, Mia Hall is faced with the choice to either dying and being with her family or living and pursuing her music. The setting of the story is always at the ICU at the hospital. She is fighting to live and completely comatose, but her spirit is walking around and going through flashbacks. Multiple times in the story the one hallway she goes down gets very bright and everything gets loud signifying her about to die. She starts to scream and says she doesn’t want to die yet. The main character of the story is Mia Hall. She is an high school student on her senior year and is an amazing cello player. During her time in the ICU she gets accepted Julliard School of Music which was her dream. While in her coma Mia realizes how many sacrifices were made for her to achieve her dreams, for example her dad was a drummer in a bang till he quit and sold his drum kit to buy Mia’s first cello. The most important literary device in my opinion is the use of flashbacks. While she is in the coma she reflects on her life and the best times in her life. Most importantly her time with Adam (her boyfriend) and trying to find the reason to live. If she stays she will be an orphan but have her friends, music and Adam. If she goes she can leave all the pain and be with her family . The flashbacks foreshadow her sacrificing being with her family and choosing to stay for her music and love.