This thesis compares and contrasts Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo and Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping to explore how Mexican and American cultures perceive death. By examining the thoughts and actions of the young protagonists through the lens of the uncanny, it becomes obvious that they are searching for a history that has been repressed by society. In Pedro Páramo, Juan Preciado learns to accept the ghosts who populate his hometown in order to understand his own repressed history. Ruth, the protagonist in Housekeeping, yearns to be closer to her deceased mother and escapes her repressed society by becoming a transient. Though their plots are similar, each book varies in the way that death is repressed and how the characters come to accept death. While culture dictates that these feelings of closeness towards the dead should remain hidden, the characters struggle to bring them into the open to challenge conceptions of a reality constructed by society.