Death cannot be explained because it’s not a living entity; it’s the transformation from a physical state to dust. In the novel Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya; Antonio, the protagonist, witnessed three deaths that fostered his religious ambivalence. Therefore, the three deaths formulated a cycle of inquiries that lead to the constant statement, ‘anyone could die.’
(English 2324 Rita Dove Explains her poetry) This was very sad as he was looking for help but he was dying and his only help was putting out a cigarette and leave which was disturbing how could you leave someone to die without trying to help. Thomas could grab his medicine he couldn’t honk to horn to get someone attention this was a very devastating moment. The part that was very heartbreaking was when he mentions “Thomas imagined his wife as she awoke missing him” (Rita Dove The Event) He was leaving his love one behind without her even knowing what happen. I could only image how the wife would feel about this when she gets the bad
‘’Thanatopisis’’ like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.’’ This quote is describing how he laid down and died peacefully, Feeling death is a welcoming gift. ‘’Devil and Tom Walker’’ emotion in this poem is in my opinion is considered wicked. ‘’He leaped for joy; for he recognized his wife’s apron.’’
Dana Gioia’s poem, “Planting a Sequoia” is grievous yet beautiful, sombre story of a man planting a sequoia tree in the commemoration of his perished son. Sequoia trees have always been a symbol of wellness and safety due to their natural ability to withstand decay, the sturdy tree shows its significance to the speaker throughout the poem as a way to encapsulate and continue the short life of his infant. Gioia utilizes the elements of imagery and diction to portray an elegiac tone for the tragic death, yet also a sense of hope for the future of the tree. The poet also uses the theme of life through the unification of man and nature to show the speaker 's emotional state and eventual hopes for the newly planted tree. Lastly, the tree itself becomes a symbol for the deceased son as planting the Sequoia is a way to cope with the loss, showing the juxtaposition between life and death.
Man is a being faced with numerous difficulties, problems, foes and so on. Perhaps the worst and the most dreaded of these foes is death. It has been tagged an arch-enemy of man, the destroyer of man, non-respecter of person, and has a host of other negative connotative words and names. Around the world and in many religions and cultures, people have sought to explain and demystify death, but with minute success.
In the novel, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, there are many passages that tend to be perplexing and difficult to understand, if not read closely by the reader. Although there are many passages in the novel that are compelling, the passage expressed by the deceased
“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.
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.
“The Grace In Dying” by Kathleen Dowling Singh is a novel that combines the views of transpersonal psychology, personal experiences, alongside her Buddhist practices and believes on death, that so many people choose to ignore due to its overpowering fear. With these she is able to produce a novel where she differentiates and explains the faint stages of transformation in the transpersonal, spiritual, psychological, philosophical, energetic and physiological experiences of a person going through a near death experience.
Death is inevitable. However, the ways in which people handle the presence of death are varied. In Leslie Norris’s story, “Shaving,” seventeen-year-old Barry Stanford shaves his dying father and comes to terms with his father’s approaching death. This story focuses on accepting death in a peaceful way. In contrast, Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” is more about avoiding death despite its inescapability. Prince Prospero secludes himself and his friends from a deadly plague that still finds its way into his castle. While both “Shaving” and “The Masque of the Red Death” are about death, their individual perspectives on death differ greatly.
This book adds a sense of truth to what happens when we die. It provides us with behind the scene information to help us learn and accept what we will become. In Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach uses a humorous writing style with a curious tone in order to illustrate the medical perspective of life after death.
In the short story “The Cold Equations” the author “Tom Godwin” expresses the theme of life and death.
Through the use of literary devices such as personification, point of view, and imagery Stanley Moss, author of the poem “Lost Brother”, illustrates the resemblance of a tree and its challenges like extreme weather and dieback to real human life situations like life or death.
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time” Mark Twain once said, in the same fashion as him, Michele De Montaigne believed philosophizing is an unnatural way of coping with death since nature will take care of it. Experiences throughout life can mold one’s mind into its own beliefs and Montaigne was no different in this aspect, even today philosophers and psychologist’s hypothesis on theories such as “Terror Management” and how its implemented with death. “To philosophize is to learn how to die” is Montaigne’s title to one of his essays, which dives into great detail about his ideology on death and the various impacts that it can cause on life. Death should be frequently on the mind and to ease ones fears as Montaigne
speaking of death, he states: “If we are to talk of death at all, then