To “pass on” to “die” or to “reincarnate” is not only a prevalent part of our society, but an important subject that we all must address. When someone dies, most often we journey through and emotional upheaval. Authors use death to show character development in literary works. Diction and Syntax will be examined through two sources. The first source is an excerpt from the book by Mark Twain entitled “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. The second source is a poem by Sylvia Plath entitled “I am Vertical”. Both sources provide scenarios in which death is a key emotional factor. Through diction and syntax, the works of Mark Twain and Sylvia Plath reveal that the concept of death is a way to portray character development and a realization that
The multifaceted nature of the human condition encompasses all aspects of human life at both an individual and collective level and delves into the notion of humanity and the values it comprises. Gwen Harwood’s poems’ “Father and Child” and “Mother who gave me life,” and Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery” (1998), explore the dynamic and often contradictory nature of the human condition. Harwood portrays the transience of time and inescapable truth of mortality, illustrating the ever changing complexion of the human experience. Whereas, Jackson examines the capability of all humans to be violent and cruel while questioning whether such tendencies can be masked by a constrictive society’s heartless ideals.
Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant is a Fireside poem about death. The central message throughout this poem is that death is an inevitable part of life that we should not fear, but embrace. The use of personification throughout the poem helps develop the central idea. Personification is the giving of human-like qualities to a non-human subject. In lines 1-3 Bryant uses personification “To him who in the love of Nature holds/Communion with her visible forms, she speaks/A various language…” With the use of the personification Bryant shows that there is a unique relationship between an individual and nature, which is a characteristic of the fireside poems. “She glides/Into his darker musings, with a mild/And healing sympathy…” Bryant is showing in lines 5-7 that even when you are sad that nature has these healing qualities that remove the pain. He is saying that there is no sadness too great that nature cannot fix. Through the use of personification William Cullen Bryant makes death seem less frightening.
Journey; to some, it may be just be the vacation they took last summer. To me, however; a journey is more about mentality and coming of age. As one gets older, they learn to think for themselves, which is valuable for succeeding in life. Being able to have the right mindset encourages me to not give up when issues with school or dance arise. Each setback that I face is just another journey to travel through. The journey of believing you cannot do something to believing you can is crucial achieving your goals. Throughout high school english classes, students are taught about conflicts with man vs. self, man, society, nature. With these conflicts comes a journey the character must go through. I believe that a man vs. self conflict
In “Mezzo Cammin”, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and in “When I Have Fears”, by John Keats, the two poems express, through metaphors and symbolism, how each of them feel about the limited time that they have left and both of the authors take death as something that is inevitable. However, Keats has an overall attitude of negativity and hopelessness over the thought of him dying too soon while Longfellow expresses a positive attitude which shows that he is willing to do his best until his death.
Death, we all face it at some point in our lives. Although it is inevitable, there are certain ways in this world we live in to go about dying. “Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes” by Thomas Gray and “Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market” by Pablo Naruda, both poems about the death of something. In Gray’s poem describes a cat whose curiosity gets the best of him while staring into a bowl of goldfish. In the poem “Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market” Naruda is speaking on behalf of a tuna, now dead, that has shown up in the market and the adventures he must have had with the sea. The poems may address different victims fallen to death, but they both have similarities such as: use of metaphors, personification, Tone and mood. The poem “Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market” is very choppy in its structure with the use of a lot of similes and repetition. In contrast “Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes” uses rhyme scheme and relies a lot on its vivid imagery and diction to tell the story.
“Death is a distant rumor to the young” (Rooney). The idea of death is often an afterthought to individuals. One does not simply wake up every day of their life and contemplate their own passing or that of another. “The Road Out of Eden”, a short story written by Randall Grace, is about a group of children that face torment from a bully. The children make a rational decision to end their suffering by murdering the bully, their first encounter with death. The story can be contrasted to “The School”, written by Donald Barthelme, which is about elementary students that encounter death on a regular basis. The common occurrence of deaths range anywhere from simple trees to intricate humans. “The School” and “The Road Out of Eden” showcase how the concept of death reflects fear and uncertainty on individuals evidently through the themes of innocence, grief, and acceptance.
The poems “Because I could not stop for Death” and “I heard a Fly buzz-when I died” by Emily Dickinson both describe death and a journey one takes to get there. In “Because I could not stop for Death” the speaker tells of someones journey to death that did not see it coming and had no time to slow down to notice it. While in the poem “I heard a Fly buzz-when I died” the speaker describes ones journey to death that knows it is coming, someone who is prepared and waiting for it to happen. Death can arrive in many different forms, it is different for everyone and nobody knows when or how it will come no matter how prepared or not prepared someone is.
From the beginning, children are taught to fear the concept of death. Most people spend their lives fearing death, but it’s not death that they are afraid of. It is part of nature to die, and our minds know that, what scares most people is the thought of death before they have had time to accomplish what they want in life. In “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be,” John Keats put into words how people feel about dying before they have been successful in whatever mission they have set forth for themselves. His poem touches the reality of people’s feelings though imagery and figurative language.
My Mother and Father always tell me to not fear death because at some point it will come. They say I can not avoid it. I find it ironic that people fear the one thing in life that is going to happen no matter what. The fear of death is what pushes the two stories that will be compared in this essay. The irony in both deal with death and what people will do to keep from dying or to protect others from this inevitable occurrence. This essay will explain and compare the irony in “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty, and “The Censors” by Luisa Valenzuela.
In conclution, Alan Seeger and Emily Dickinson, both explain that althrough there were diffrent viewpoints and lifesyles although death is inevitable and unpredictable, death is something to not be feared but calmly accepted and perhaps calmy anticipated. Death is usually viewed as doubtful and people usually never want to accept it but Seeger and Dickinson explain to us how unevitable death is. Both authors further explain that death must not be feared but calmly accepted. In summary, death is a natural occurance that wiil inevitably happen to every living organism on this earth which is why it’s imperitave to humans that death should not be feared becaause we just wait its
This poem is filled with images of death. Not, however, the images one would presume to find in your classic poem about death. Here, Hoagland points out the death that is happening constantly and all around us. The death many choose to ignore, and that many don't even notice in the first place. It's more than just death that this poem grapples with though, it's also about the act of killing. Hoagland assesses the way in which we prioritize ethically some things over others, specifically in the context of middle class consumerist society. While doing this, he slips in the subtle assertion that you can't save everything, and that entirely ethical consumption isn’t possible in the world we live in. There's a hint of remorse because of it too.
Throughout the poem, Thomas uses imagery and metaphors to parallel life and death with nature. In the first stanza, Thomas uses an extended metaphor that relates “that good night” (1) to the afterlife, and explains how people should “burn and rave at close of day” (2) before struggling against “the dying of the light” (3). Thomas explains how people should live passionately during their lifetime, represented as the day, before their death, which is depicted as a sunset. This comparison of day and night to life and death illustrates to the reader how one’s lifetime can be fleeting, and how the speaker urges to live vehemently for as long as you can before dying. Thomas additionally uses nature imagery when he describes how men, although aware of the irrevocability of death, fight against their demise
The romantic era involved artistic and intellectual writers. Romantics believed literature should consistent of the heart not the mind. Perhaps that is why John Keats played such an important role during the Romantic era and was an outstanding poet. His poetry was about emotions, he didn’t care about the money he just wanted to write. He wanted to love and desired fame. When I Have Fears that I May Cease to be, was intended for the reader to feel how depressed he felt inside but he also wanted the reader to know he was hopeful his poetry could save him. In his poem When I Have Fears that I May Cease to be, he writes “When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean 'd my teeming brain”(1-2), he is laying it on the line, he is
There are several interpretations of John Keats’ poem, Ode to a Nightingale. Keats begins his poem with talking about a bird that seems real, but as the poem progresses the bird turns into a symbol. Keats was envisioning how life could be much simpler and he was thinking about the different ways life is troublesome. His reality was taken over by his dream of having a life like the nightingale- worryless and free. He wishes that he could join the bird because if he could escape to the nightingale’s world, he could escape from reality and live a much more uncomplicated and worry free life. Although the meaning of the poem is debatable, there are different interpretations about just the last line of his poem and why Keats chose to end his poem