Emily Dickinson’s body of work contains different experiences of death that contain moving reactions to the body’s trek into darkness and madness. Her poems’ magnitude comes from the complicated and deliberate use of literary techniques to breathe life into death, and the uncertainty of meaning that permits different viewpoints of these experiences. Although the views presented by Dickinson can be conflicting at times, they all underline her views that death comes in many forms and in just as many experiences. "I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died" gives the reader a view of what death is when there is no afterlife as it spotlights on the decay that happens after the death of the writer, a course that leads to darkness and emptiness. The tone of the poem could, depending on one’s station in life, be about fear or peace.
Emma left a note for Charles before she died that told him about Rodolphe and her affairs with other men. Gustave Flaubert uses Emma’s death to dissect Charles showing that he is a loving and caring husband, widower, who eventually dies from the loss of his wife and newly acquired information about her affairs. “The elder Madame Bovary arrived at dawn; Charles had another fit of weeping when he embraced her. She tried, as the pharmacist had done, to make a few remarks about the expenses of the funeral. He flew into such a rage that she dropped the subject; he even told her to go to the city immediately and buy what was needed.” (Flaubert 286) Emma Bovary’s death also affected the minor characters.
Death is widely considered the final frontier that everyone will experience, and because of this everyone usually has their own personal beliefs on the subject. We can observe Emily Dickinson views on death through her poems “After great pain, a formal feeling comes-”, “Because I could not stop for death-”, and “I heard a Fly buzz- when I died-”. Dickinson connects the poems together with the overarching theme of death. Her poems are unique because show her personal struggle with religion while also expressing some universally mundane ideologies about death. Dickinson conveys the connecting theme of death by utilizing different forms of figurative language such as, alliteration, religious allegories, and specific diction.
How Does a Person’s Thoughts Evolve as They Draw Ever Closer to Death? Margaret Edson’s’ W;t explores the evolution of Vivian’s thoughts about life and death as she fights for her life, trying to beat the cancer that has reached stage 4 without being caught sooner. The drama production begins with a slightly formal Vivian and progresses from shock to fear and acceptance. Vivian is a very intellectual person and reflects as she goes through the process of examining her life to death, her relationships and her obsession with the work of John Donne that have made her familiar with death. The story is told through a series of flashbacks and monologues.
Her approach to death in this poem reflects her spirituality and defines her title as a metaphysical poet. Readers often conquer that her poems are an autobiography. She dealt with several losses from close family members and friends so she knew death well. Death was a constant battle in Emily Dickinson’s mind. It was a force to be reckoned with.
In the 1862 poem, After Great pain, a formal feeling comes--, Emily Dickenson presents death from the perspective of the bereaved. This poem is written in the third person, and informs the reader as to the actions and thoughts of the mourners through an omniscient narration. In contrast, most of Dickenson's other death related poems show the reader the perspective of the dead. The vivid imagery in this poem functions to enhance the reader's perception of the poem. The following passage conveys a resplendent physical sense of coldness as someone is frozen to death: "This is the Hour of Lead-- Remembered, if outlived, As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow-- First--Chill--then Stupor--then the letting go--" The innovative diction in this passage creates an eerie a...
Kate Chopin provides her reader with an enormous amount of information in just a few short pages through her short story, “The Story of an Hour.” The protagonist, Louise Mallard, realizes the many faults in romantic relationships and marriages in her epiphany. “Great care [is] taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death” (Chopin 168). Little do Josephine and Richards know, the news will have a profoundly positive effect on Louise rather than a negative one. “When she abandoned herself,” Mrs. Mallard opened her mind to a new way of life. The word usage shows that the protagonist experienced a significant change.
Mortal Mayhem Common among classic literature, the theme of mortality engages readers on a quest of coping with one of the certainties of life. Katherine Anne Porter masterfully embraces the theme of mortality both directly and indirectly in her story, “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.” Understanding that all mankind ultimately becomes subject to death unleashes feelings of dread and anxiety in most people; however, Granny Weatherall transitions from rushing to meet her demise in her sixties to completely denying she is on her deathbed when she is eighty. Readers have seen this theme of mortality reverberated over and over in literature, but what makes this story stand the test of time is the author’s complexity. In Katherine Anne Porter’s
Each of these poems are different their themes, tones, and rhyme schemes, but they both show how the author perceives death. “Thanatopsis” shows death as something that should be embraced while “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” shows death as something that should be confronted. Death is a major fear that many people have, and these two poems both show ways that this fear can be conquered.
Tone in Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus" In “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath, the speaker’s tone is revealed through many different poetic aspects. Throughout her writing, the speaker’s attitude towards death appears to be happy but, when looking more closely at Plath’s use of poetic devices her attitude is bitter. Shown mainly through the diction, images, sounds and repetition, this depressing tone emphasizes the speaker’s feelings about death. First, diction or word choice used throughout this poem depicts apart the meaning and stresses the tone. Next, the images used to describe the speaker’s experiences with death shows the emotions and thoughts that go through the speaker’s mind concerning death.