It is obvious that two themes stand out during this time period death and humanity, or inhumanity for that matter. The Holocaust was a blemish, not only on the 20th century, but in the entire history of humanity. The inhumanity of the Holocaust helps us to understand the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping in any society. The sheer amount of death and its depiction in Elie Wiesel’s, Night, help to develop an awareness of the value of tolerance, and encourages tolerance of diversity in our society. The Holocaust provides a glimpse into the sheer levels of death and inhumanity that we are capable of inflicting on one another and the level of danger in being uninterested or indifferent to the suffering of others whose beliefs differ from ours.
The answers are not simple ones. As Americans, we take pride in our country, as well as, in other countries. During the Second World War, many people lost their lives, as well as, their strengths and weaknesses. The American culture is no stranger, when it comes to suffering. As a nation, the American public is reminded by the war, as the horrific Holocaust memories were shown on televisions across the nation.
Death and destruction surround mankind, producing much sentiment and ideas which are crucial and meaningful. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, one is able to examine the theme of death and destruction in close-depth by the vivid descriptions in their remarkable writings. Such theme, in both literature, portrays death caused by misjudgment, death of the innocents, and the destruction of human conscience; which all are significant with respect to the essence of human nature. Deaths, in many occasions, are attributable to individual’s misjudgment- an erroneous determination or decision by which people are unfortunately killed as a result. In Lord of the Flies, the preadolescents who have a feast in the dark fail to recognise Simon, thus, mistaken Simon as the ‘beast’ and kill him out of fear (Golding 168-169).
Although colors are usually represented and used for the recollection of joyful experiences, Death uses the colors of the spectrum to enhance the experience of the Book Thief and as well as him own life too. In Death’s narration, his use of the colors illustrate the great ordeal of suffering and pain throughout the book’s setting. As an example Death says “The day was grey, the color of Europe. For me, the sky was the color of Jews” (Zusak, 349). This quote effectively describes Death’s use of the colors by relating it to the events taking place.
Through the use of death, satire, and time travel in his social commentary. Vonnegut created one of the most ground breaking novels ever that has challenged the thinking of society to cause change. In society, the nature of death has caused humanity to always be aware of its own mortality and has for millenniums been a subject of religion and of philosophical beliefs. In the instance of death in, “Slaughterhouse Five”, Vonnegut would use the phrase "so it goes". Readers expect that the subject of death would be treated with more concern, but, the enigma Vonnegut presents with the phrase “so it goes”, is that death keeps life in motion.
Layton is able to portray the onus of this horrific event through his employment of symbolism, allusion, and myth. The everlasting, inescapable pain of the Holocaust is so imbedded in our culture that our senses can become paralyzed by the enormity of its reverberation through the years since the last chimney fire in Aushwitz was snuffed. Through his use of symbolism, Layton is able to -it a picture in the minds of his readers, one that juxtaposes the subject matter with his choice of diction. Beginning with the title, Rhine Boat Trip, symbolism is installed in the poem. A boat trip on the Rhine is thought to be a journey through the ultimate bucolic paradise.
Sitting Shiva When a loved one dies, it is common for the mourners to immerse themselves in their particular religious traditions. From Buddhism to Christianity to Hinduism, dealing with death and the existence or nonexistence of an afterlife is a fundamental issue that ties people to their faiths. Often the rituals and traditions surrounding death offer insight into other parts of the religion. Blu Greenberg writes in How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household, "No matter what, each one of us will die, and just as there is a way to live as a Jew, there is a way to die and be buried as a Jew." (287) The custom of sitting Shiva is one part of dying and being buried as a Jew.
They also believe that the way someone lives their life determines how good their afterlife will be. Many difficult techniques were used to preserve the bodies of the dead, proving that the ancient Egyptians were actually quite intelligent. Using these techniques, the internal organs were removed and the body is dehydrated. Another part of their custom is the ceremony, where the body is buried and the living can make accusations against the dead. These accusations have the chance to change the outcome of the ceremony.
Through New Critical analysis, readers can discern how different themes in the work come together to complete the novel as a whole; in this case, the theme of black comedy plays a large role in controlling the otherwise dark moments in the novel, creating a spectrum of emotion that completes the experience of the reader. By implementing humor into the macabre circumstances of the treatment of Addie’s body, Anse using his wife’s funeral for personal gain, and Dewey Dell’s quest for an abortion, Faulkner uses black comedy in order to lighten the theme of death in his Southern Gothic literature. The reason why Addie’s body is kept above ground is no mystery as she had instructed her husband ‘to take me back to Jefferson when I died’ (Faulkner 173), but one must question why exactly she remains unburied for nine days after her death. The reader must look to the characters for clues as to why Addie’s co... ... middle of paper ... ...r Addie it is torture, for Anse it is a way to profit, and for Dewey Dell it is a solution. By crafting such intricate dealings with death, Faulkner also challenges the reader to assess what death means to them, and how death can fulfill multiple roles in life.
We have brought you down the journey of taboo, stereotypes, languages and weddings in India. Now I would like to share with you how India’s culture celebrates funerals. Within this journey you will learn what is acceptable to wear to the funerals, where the funerals are held, what is done with the body after the funeral and mourning in India versus what the United States practices. You will notice there are many differences in the traditions from India to the United States when it comes to funerals. When someone in India is nearing death typically a priest would be contacted along with family members to be with the dying person.