Death has visited us repeatedly, sometimes as the grim reaper, sometimes as an old friend. However, of all that we know about death, the first and foremost is the fact that death is the only certainty to life. In this paper, I intend to study the idea of death in literature and philosophy and simultaneously, attempt to relate them. For this, I shall be working with two specific texts - Khalil Gibran’s On Death and Søren Kierkegaard’s At a Graveside.
Both stories very similar element of literature, for example: first person narration, murder, obsession and symbolism. The first element that shows similarities between the two stories is a first person narration. In The Cask of Amontillado, Montresor is the narrator for the tale. He starts expressing that he has been wronged “The thousands of injuries of Fortunato he has borne as he best could…” (Poe 191), and that he deserves revenge. Montresor waited until the carnival to enact his vengeance.
Death is inevitable is the overall theme of the story because death has been and still is a mystery that has generated both fear and horror. The fear and horror generated is an inspiration in subject that may involve topics of the infliction of death, the prevention of death even resurrection from death. Poe is greatly influence by death and one of his characters in the story Prince Prospero took drastic steps to avoid and escape from death. Symbolism is a figure of speech used when an author wants to create a certain mood or emotion in a work of literature; it is the use of an object, person, situation or words to represent something else like an idea in literature(Gill,2006;182).’’Symbolism plays an important role in literature’’(Knowles,
Seen in the case of Prince Prospero, even the most valiant of Poe’s characters could not escape the fate of death, emphasizing the inescapability of death. In an essay titled “Edgar Allan Poe: Friend of Fear and Master of Madness,” one author wrote about how Poe’s admiration “of nineteenth-century scientific concepts and psychological theories concerning the emotion of fear and the state of madness” (Virginia Lucas Poetry Scrapbook) laid a pathway to much of his work, in which he dealt with death incited by endless modes CONSISTENTLY ADDRESSES DEATH, BY MANY CAUSES. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” Poe singles out Prince Prospero in his attempt
He immediately begins to form a plan with Claudius to murder Hamlet, with no doubts whatsoever about his choices. He is firm in his actions and knows that though he could go to hell for murdering Hamlet, it’s still what he wants to do. He more or less “sees red” in the face of anger and is driven to act no matter what the consequences may be. His agreeance to partake in the fencing fight with Hamlet proves this. He is so sure in his decision that before the battle, he dips his sword in poison to ensure that if Hamlet does not drink the poison he will still be killed indefinitely.
After, Edgar Allan Poe died his rival Rufus Griswold, decided to expose and criticize his work worldwide. But instead he continued Edgar Allan Poe’s fame by making a world wide spread throughout. Inside the article it even proclaims how far horror has come from Edgar Allan Poe by explaining “Today, Poe is recognized as one of the foremost progenitors of modern literature, such as horror and detective fiction, which represent the essential artistic manner of the twentieth century” (Edgar Allen). This bluntly explains how horror is very much included in daily life still continuing in our society and how well people indulge into this theme. Edgar Allen Poe was able to relate common lifestyle to his stories creating people to have some relation towards some of his stories.
An analysis of their short stories "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Outsider" and "The Rats in the Walls" shows the monstrous elements which are inherent in both writers' works, although, the focus on particular subjects differs from one another's. Therefore, despite the multiple common features of Poe's and Lovecraft's works, their stories consist of characteristic for the authors fears and obsessions which they use to enhance the monstorus. Evidence for this tendency can be sought in the recurrent themes of the pieces. In Poe's story the main role plays death, whereas Lovecraft reveals his dread of otherness and hereditary evil. 1.
As we can see Prospero was powerful and important, he secluded himself in a big castellated abbey with lots of provisions, but as death comes to everyone, he died too. That’s what Poe wants to show us. He makes a personification of death to create the allegory and give us this message, which is really horrible and creepy. It’s a message that haunts us after reading the story. It produces a lasting effect on us, different from all the other elements in the story, which produced an instant effect on us, as the language for example.
Death is a concept toyed with by many authors and script writers alike. Any character death is used as a plot point in a story to drive home some idea. While there are the occasional sadistic writers who seem to just want to make their audience feel pain, even those deaths have a purpose. Catcher in the Rye by what 's his face and Rebel without a cause, directed by someone, are no exception to the rule, as both feature two hard hitting death scenes. Although they differ in personalities, Plato and James Castle share key plot point,their deaths, to illuminate the idea that those pushed far and hard enough by internal and outside factors will always reach a breaking point.
Theme: From this story there are many themes that can be found who written by the writer, such as the theme of Death and Resurrection, Darkness and Light, and also Social Justice. Death and Resurrection are the major/main theme in this novel. This theme was picked up the story of the resurrection Dr. Manette who for eighteen years imprisoned or buried unfairly while death tells of the sacrifice of Carton to Darnay. Darkness and Light are another theme that is found in this novel. Darkness is a fear, uncertainty and danger.