Death plays an important part in everyday life, in the way life moves on, changes, and improves, but in terms of ourselves and our relationship with death, it has become more of a taboo subject. (Needs something here?) The concept of death itself changing as its significance (in how it is viewed from the Victorian era to the present day) reveals how the beautification of death in its interpretation within post – mortem photography, in comparison to how modern day photographers challenge the view of the extraordinary image of death as it is seen today, in which society will not view death as anything but a subject to be avoided due to the way it has become twisted into something of an unspoken topic that would more likely be feared in the modern era rather than embraced.
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Photography was able to present the opportunity to immortalise the deceased, as within the post – mortem image the dead would be carefully posed as if to make them look as though they are still alive, and therefore brought life to an image of a memorial photograph which brought about the reality of death and our connection to our own demise in the way these photographs of loved ones who have passed on would become part of the family album. The majority of post – mortem photography in the 19th century were of children
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In the short passage by Kierstin Koppel titled “Humanizing Morticians,” she uses a lot of figurative language to give a mortician a wonderful personality. Koppel’s first sentence even depicts a very vivid scene, “The corpse lies bare under a white sheet waiting to be dissected and reconstructed through a series of surgical procedures” (Koppel). This sentence does not only describe an interesting scene, but it also grabs the reader’s attention by explaining what the passage is going to be about. Later, Koppel begins to explain her own point of view when it comes to being a mortician.
What inspired the journalist/author to research this subject? The author was inspired to research this subject due to the death of college friend who committed suicide. The author thought by researching and writing about deaths he would find closure. She knew the dead could help when it came to research and to teach those in medical school. But she wanted to learn more about where these corpses came from and who they were.
Why not print them? That's what that was about.” (Nora Ephron Boston Photographs 1) Ephron explains that Death happens to be life's main event. Not necessarily that death is beautiful but death is interesting and unpredictable. while Ephron explains this portion of the essay in a very casual manner in order for readers of various levels to follow along and listen to what Ephron has to say about photojournalism.
When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to cope with the loss. The loss can be overwhelmingly devastating which results in the desperate desire to connect with the person who has died. To compensate, people often insist on keeping the loved one’s spirit with them through memory. However, oftentimes the death is so unimaginable and the impact so great, it results in the denial of death and the subsequent altering of these memories. Denial of death undermines memory by fabricating understanding of events, and in Tim O’Brian’s “The Lives of The Dead,” Tim’s memories of a childhood crush Linda, demonstrate his denial through his altered visual, auditory, and emotional memories.
In Remains the speaker is followed by a “blood-shadow” and the speaker in War Photographer is haunted by a “half-formed ghost”; both have dark connotations. The adjective “blood” shows that the speaker in Remains has been the cause of death and
Mitford takes note that “not one in ten thousand has an idea of what actually takes place” (310) and there is so much more beneath the surface of things. Mitford also uses oxymorons such as, “he has done everything in his power to make the funeral a real pleasure for everybody” (314). It’s clear that a funeral isn’t a “pleasure”, it’s an incredibly sad experience (for most people) and it just goes to show the depth Mitford will go to portray her aggressive opinions. As Mitford continues to describe the shocking details about embalming she gets into a routine and systematically gives us disconcerting imagery every other paragraph, such as, a corpse “whose mouth had been sewn together” (312). Mitford’s style is informative and she doesn’t shy away from being brutally open by using unsettling imagery, which once again makes her case even
But nobody knows what’s going on inside the preparation room, all they see is their deceased relative, good as new, when they walk by the open casket during the funeral. Mitford depicts the American funeral industry’s manipulation of death throughout the essay with either blatant or thinly-veiled verbal irony. In the last paragraph, Mitford states that the funeral director has put on a “well-oiled performance" where "the concept of death played no part whatsoever”, unless providing it was “inconsiderately mentioned” by the funeral conductors. This is extremely ironic because a funeral is supposed to revolved around death, and this makes us think about funerals and the embalmment process in a way that we usually don’t. These processes takes away the cruelty and brutality of death and make it seem trivial while making our deceased relatives life-like, with pink toned skin and a smile on their face, and death is not like that at all.
4). This book can be helpful to a society, who has lost their relationship with death, and help them understand the consequence of love is grief. When a person experiences a death, they are afraid of the unknown, and the pain associated with grief. In his book, Grollman goes into great detail on how an individual might feel throughout certain stages of their grief.
The Death of the Funeral Business by Sandy Hingston is about funeral and cremation. She arranged her article by using short stories of peoples’ opinions about death and their experience with deaths of their loved one. However, in the middle of article to almost the end she writes about how technology is slowly changing the phase of traditional funeral. In today society, we uses technology so much that it becomes our everyday routine. Technology affects our lives so much that it got to an extent where technology became a part of funeral memorials.
The greatest “Dark Romantics” used their agony, insanity, and melancholia to produce priceless pieces of literature that evoked and touched the darkest crevices of a reader’s soul and allowed one to create their own perspective over these dark themes. Edgar Allan Poe, one of the most acclaimed writers of all time (and a Dark Romantic) was a master of creating an overcast of feelings for his readers through his work. One of Poe’s most common themes that has settled his identity of a Dark Romantic is death. In the essay, “The Premature Burial”, Poe says, “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
Warhol was thirteen years old when he watched his father slowly wither away from peritonitis for three painstaking days (Greenberg & Jordan, 2004). From the time Andrej passed away in the family’s living room, Warhol begged to stay with his aunt and cousin until the funeral was officially over due to his phobia of death. Instead of attending funerals, Warhol believed that they were too abstract and preferred imagining the people who died had simply went on a shopping errand. Warhol’s fear of dying is quite common among many humans that do not accept their impending fate.
The only certain thing in life is that it will end one day. Death is inevitable and it often affects everyone involved with overwhelming emotions of grief or guilt. Ironically, death is thrown in our faces almost every day – we hear about it on the news and we see it regularly in the media. For example, the film No Safe Place clearly depicts six families that were forever changed due to acts of terrorism. Michal Ganon and her mother, in particular, have experienced plenty of the concepts that surround death, such as elements of total pain, grief reactions, and survivor’s guilt.
Death piques everyone’s interest. Whether in fear or curiosity, all people are a little mystified by this end to life. “Because death is such a prevalent concern in the human mind, it is a universal theme in literature. Even in stories that celebrate life, death haunts the space between the lines and sometimes shows itself… No writer can ignore death, and some make it one of their primary themes” (Stockslager 4).
Lingering Death James Joyce was a meticulous writer. Each and every word was calculated, and his signature “style of scrupulous meanness,” made Dubliners singular and Joyce a world-wide celebrity. Joyce articulates in sparse but concrete language the life in his birthplace, Dublin, in the fifteen short glimpses. This meanness of language, which was used intentionally, invokes a feeling that surrounds entirety of Dubliners: death. In The Dead, the last story of Dubliners and arguably the finest ghost story written in English, death is present not only in form of ghost, but in form of every character, every sound, and every word.