'Stop All The Clocks, Cut Off The Telephone'

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Every person alive today is bound to come across death at some point. Death is an inevitable part of life. It’s hard to make peace with the fact that someone you love is gone. Mourning can be a slow and painful process; however, this process differs from person to person. "The Story of An Hour" by Kate Chopin revolves around the main character’s reaction to the news of their significant other’s death. A poem similar to the short story by W. H. Auden titled “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone” also revolves around the main character’s presumed significant other’s death and the emotions surrounding it. Kate Chopin’s short story and W. H. Auden’s poem demonstrates how the uses of theme, convey the feelings and emotions on the subject of death.

“The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin is a short story. In it, the author creates a character that must process the news of her significant other's death. Her husband’s death makes her realize the new potential for freedom in her life. Freedom is a prevalent theme throughout the story. “She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her” (cite), and “She said it over and over under hte breath: "free, free, free!” (cite), are examples of
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H. Auden is a poem. The poet goes through the denial of the loss of an important person. Death is the theme that revolves around the feelings and emotions throughout the poem. His significant other's death makes him want to stop everything around him in hopes for his love to come back to him. “Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.”, is the first time the poet introduced his loved one’s death into the poem. (Cite) The quote allows the reader to understand the reason for the poet’s grief. “I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong”, the poet’s thoughts were shattered by his love’s death. (cite) He realizes that death can take everything, even the love he sought to last
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