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Dickinson's Views On Death And Death Of Lao Dickinson

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The turning point happens in the fourth stanza and the tone of the speaker changes. In first three stanzas, the feeling of the speaker is comfortable and calm while staying with death; but in the fourth stanza, she seems to become a little bit nervous. The closer she gets to the destination, the more nervous she seems to be. “The Dews drew quivering and chill-/For only Gossamer, my Gown-/My Tippet-only Tulle-” (Dickinson lines 14-16) After passing the speaker’s different stages of life, death and the speaker enter a strange place that is cold, wet and dark. The speaker complains that her clothes are unable to keep her away from the coldness and the dewdrop, which indicates that she is not brave enough to face her destination of the trip. Even…show more content…
For instance, Lao Tzu, the philosopher who founded Taoism based on spiritual tenets of what death and afterlife are. Lao Tzu indicates that “Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides”. Lao Tzu uses thread metaphor for death and life; death and life are different sides of the line. Which means, death is not the end of the life but the beginning of the new life. He also believes that death is a law of natural, and human beings ought to accept and follow it instead of resisting it. People who want their body live forever are foolish. Dickinson’s poem could be observed from the perspective of Lao Tzu’s notion, which encourages people to accept death normally and peacefully. Emily Dickinson style in poetry, as she deals with spiritual ideas, seem to evoke philosophical principles as those proposed by Lao Tzu, despite their geographical or chronological distance. Emily Dickinson is an American writer who lived in 19the century, and Lao Tzu is an Eastern philosopher who lived in 500 B.C.; apparently, they do not have the opportunity communicate with each other, but they convey the same view on death through their literature. Although, both Lao Tzu and Dickinson think highly of spiritual life, they do not despise the physical life. The idea they may want to express is that only if human beings take advantages of the…show more content…
(John Ruskin). Even though, human beings are not able to avoid death, they are making efforts to understanding and explaining it; and death is the timeless topic in literature. The speaker in “Because I could not stop for Death”, treat death as her friend and she faces death peacefully. Death is not fearful because it does not mean the end of life and it is also a part of the natural cycle of the world. Dickinson’s view on death reflects Lao Tzu’s opinions of death, both of them believe that death is the most normal thing in the world and death is not the end of the life; and people ought to treat death as a friend instead of fearing death. Even though Woolf’s attitude to death is not as friendly as Dickinson’s, she also believes that human beings should not fear of death, which is same as Dickinson. A scientific experiment did by Ducan can also support Dickinson’s view on death; the experiment proves that all human beings have souls, and souls will not die with people 's physical body but will leave the body and attain the eternal life. In conclusion, human beings are destined to die, but human’s spirit is able to have the eternal life. Therefore, it is unnecessary to be fear of the death, but welcome it as a friend, when it is
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