Compare And Contrast Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night And A Rose For Emily

analytical Essay
872 words
872 words

A Gentle Death for Emily Death is a concept that every human being must accept eventually. Some fight against death while others embrace it. There are even instances in which one may be living but already feel dead. Death is a common topic used in the writing world. Being that it is so universal it gives the reader a real life connection to the characters in a story. Beliefs of death are different amongst human beings. Some people see death as an ending where others see it more as a beginning. The story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and the poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas both express similar and different feelings towards death. “A Rose for Emily” is a story about an elder woman who was not living when she died. Certain life events cause this woman to refuse and ignore change. Death is an ultimate form of change so it was only natural for Miss Emily to ignore it. …show more content…

Faulkner tried to express that one should not be dead while living like Miss Emily did. Though he accepts the fact that everyone is going to die, which would be a concept Miss Emily would ignore, he does not believe one should be so willing to do so. In the poem he is basically pleading to this father to not embrace the idea of death. “And you, my father, there on the sad height,/ Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray./ Do not go gentle into that good night.” (Lines 16-18). The good night that he is referring to is death. Faulkner is trying to say that one should do as much living as possible before death. We only have one chance at being alive and not everyone treats it the same. Why worry about death if it is going to happen eventually? Why would one be so willing to go into that good night as Miss Emily was? This is why William Faulkner would not have enjoyed the company of Miss Emily in her years before death. The same as everyone

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how faulkner's "a rose for emily" and thomas' "do not go gentle into that good night" both express similar and different feelings towards death.
  • Analyzes how "a rose for emily" starts with miss emily being dead. she was a respected woman, but her father's death left little for her. her house had taxes that she was not required to pay.
  • Analyzes how william faulkner, of "do not go gentle into that good night," expressed that one should not be dead while living like miss emily did.
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