Dylan Thomas 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'

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The Power of the Force
We are all influenced by external forces such as the people around us and the society we live in. They can make us change how we feel about a particular subject or even alter our view on the outside world. However, it is ultimately up to the individual on how they react to these forces. Human literature reflects this very idea, and three prime examples are Alfred Tennyson, D.H. Lawrence, and Dylan Thomas. In his poem “The Lady of Shalott”, Lord Tennyson writes about a woman who aspires to leave her isolated island due to how she views life outside her prison. In D.H. Lawrence’s short story “The Rocking Horse Winner”, the audience is introduced to a young, dedicated boy who wants his mother's love and attention. Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, he explores death and the value of life. These …show more content…

The first author who shows how external forces affect a character is Alfred Tennyson. Through the use of symbolism, Tennyson demonstrates how others can change one’s perception of life, which I can relate to. He first introduces the audience to a river that consists of Camelot and an island in the center. On the island was the Lady of Shalott, all by herself, who viewed life through her magical web and mirror. All the passersby she sees makes her sick of not being able to live like them. A curse forbids her from looking at the outside world or even setting foot outdoors. However when a knight in shining armor passes by her residence, she couldn’t resist any longer. Tennyson writes, “ She left the web, she left the loom,/ She made three paces thro’ the room,/ She saw the water-lily bloom,/ She saw the helmet and the plume,” (lines 109-112). In these lines, Tennyson reveals how the outside world can affect our actions and how we think. He uses symbolism to show how our emotions play a factor in how we react to these external forces. In

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