My Life Stood A Loaded Gun Analysis

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Anger is a curious thing some believe it helps them others believe it hurts them, but Mark Twain hit the nail on the head when he said “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”(Mark Twain) Anger can be identified in a variety of ways by a variety of people. It builds up a person into their own trap while tearing down another. Everyone has different views on anger some are similar and some are different. Emily Dickinson’s poem “My Life Stood a Loaded Gun” and Marvin Gaye’s song “Anger” can be compared and contrasted because of their unique views on anger and violence.
Emily Dickinson expresses her views in a well-known poem “My Life had Stood a Loaded Gun” about the power anger gives a person and takes from a person using a form of
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This theme came about in Dickinson’s poem because it explained of the defense that anger could offer her to protect herself, but it also presented problems of being wretched to others. The author can be seen as a somewhat caring individual throughout this poem because she always seems to be caught between being nasty to a person or letting them be nasty to her. She always seems to allow herself to be hurt just so no one else has to be, but eventually her anger overwhelmed her and now anger is not only seen as her enemy but also as her friend.
Although Dickinson’s poem “My Life had stood a Loaded Gun” deals with the battle between using and controlling ones wrath; Marvin Gaye’s song “Anger” talks more about trying to conceal and eliminate his old rage. Dickinson can be described as a quieter individual who seems to prefer taking the safer route, yet wants to defend oneself deep down. When Gaye seems to be regretful of what he has done through anger. In contrast to Dickinson’s shy outlook, Gaye knows what his anger can and has done and wants to conceal it from

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