Death in Do not go gentle into that good night and Death Be Not Proud The poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "Death Be Not Proud" both deal with the subject of death. These poems seem to have contradictory messages about death, yet at the same time have similar attitudes toward it. "Death Be Not Proud" talks about how death really has no power over people, while "Do not go gentle into that good night" says that it is part of human nature to fight against death. Both "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "Death Be Not Proud" see death as an opponent; however, one sees it as an adversary that is already defeated while the other sees it as an enemy that must be defeated. In "Death Be Not Proud" Donne says "those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow / Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me"(lines 3-4).
Furthermore, Donne uses another personification when he states “Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so” (2). Again, he is giving death, a concept not a human, real characteristics. He believes death is not “mighty” or “dreadful” but something else. It gives his opinion that death is not “dreadful” to people in their lives but possibly beneficial. Later, the poet says “Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men” (9).
By labeling Death a “slave,” an inherently oppressed and subordinate position, to “fate, chance, kings, and desperate men” and the accompaniment to “poison, war, and sickness,” the speaker declares the weakness and cowardice of Death (Donne 9-10). Death cannot act at random or as it wills. It requires an outside influence to create death, such as the suicides by “desperate men” or a mere accident of “fate” (Donne 9). Since these typically dishonorable or unjust causes of death are frequented by Death, Death itself cannot be honorable or just. A recurring theme in the Holy Sonnets is that God is honorable and just.
Death is feared and dreaded by most people, but Donne veers away from this stigma. Death is personified in this poem and Donne establishes his superiority over death. He mocks death by comparing it to drugs and potions, which lead to the same fate, but drugs and potions are not feared as much as death. Furthermore,
Believing that the only thing that will happen to them and their beautiful resting place is decomposition seems exceedingly callous. Marcus knows that it is undeniable that corpses behave in this way so there is no use refuting that it occurs. Marcus believes that man should not try to hide what happens to people when they die. When people try to hide the truth the truth becomes fearful. Most people view death as an evil force set out against all of humanity.
Murder: The Greatest Sin A Sin is an immoral act considered to be transgression against divine law. Qualities such as pride, wrath, envy, greed, lust, gluttony, and sloth, also known as seven deadly sins, are most used examples of sin. Although sin cannot be measured like a number, a particular sin is bigger than any other sins: murder. Murder is an unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. It brings misery to the victim and the people around him/her, and is considered the worst crime by many people despite the differences in values they have, that murder is the worst sin that could be committed.
Death has its chance, which may be caused by accident. Kings can also cause death by killing innocent villagers. A desperate man who may not want to live anymore can cause death, which is referred to as suicide. Death has been dealt with in many circumstances in this piece of work and it clearly explains that we should not be afraid of death because it is just an act of “one short
This inevitability is what justifies murder in the first place. These mixed feelings create a cognitive dissonance that impacts society in a detrimental manner because people in society care less about people being murdered due to the simple and common justification behind it. Cognitive dissonance is recognized as a clash in beliefs or thoughts. This clash is common throughout life and is present even when unexpected. The justification of murdering other humans is often overlooked throughout war.
The fear of death is known as necrophobia. Death itself is not feared, more fear of the unknown and what will be missed after the time of death. The fear of death is one of the themes in Geoffrey Chaucer’s story “The Pardoner’s Tale”. The Pardoner believes that greed is the root to all evil. He believes that people should have to pay for their sins though and not sure there money for selfish things.
Donne takes the common view that death is a terrible thing, and negates it, undermining the personified ‘Death’s’ power over people: ‘some have called thee / Mighty and dreadfull … thou art not soe’. He then proceeds to give more reason to not fear death, as ‘From rest and sleepe’ we receive ‘Much pleasure’, and considering sleep is a mere imitation of death what great joy could we obtain from death itself? Donne further belittles ‘Death’ by saying that ‘Death’ does not kill people: rather it is ‘slave to Fate, chance, kings, and desperate men’. In contrast, Henry Vaughan’s poem ‘They are all gone into the world of light’ shows his almost desperation to die and enter the glorious beyond. ‘O Father of eternal life, and all Created glorie... ... middle of paper ... ...es with rough strife Throughout the Iron gates of Life.’ These images are disturbing, and not what you would expect considering he is trying to persuade his mistress into bed.