Darkness Deceased Essay

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John Donne’s “Death Be Not Proud” demonstrates the hope of eternal life as an escape of death. He does this by contrasting the idea that death is something mysterious and feared by all, to something weak and irrelevant. Throughout his point of view on dying, examples of figurative language and sonnet format chosen, he ultimately challenges death. The speaker of the poem is diminishing the fierce reputation of death from the first line to the last. We tend to think of death as the all powerful force, which can’t be stopped, but Donne points out the opposite “Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men and dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell” (line 9-10) demonstrates that death is dependent on everyone’s future but lack’s making it. He’s not actually calling the shots and dictating how men’s lives go, he’s acting as a clean up crew that finishes what someone else has already started. It is even more evident with, “why swell’st thou then?” (12) which the speaker is basically asking death why he is so proud of himself when in reality he’s ever so powerless. He points out that death doesn’t bring man down himself, but actually makes it possible for man to make a transition into eternal life. “One short sleep past, we wake eternally” (13) The line, “Death, though shalt die” (14) is a powerful ending statement towards death because its using the concept of death against itself. It’s basically saying death shall no longer be an issue, as death will die itself after human has entered the after world of immortality. John Donne personifies death as someone who is considered “Mighty and Dreadful” (2) to someone with no real power. He makes condescending remarks towards death throughout the poem and belittles him to show that he is not afraid of dying. “One short sleep past, we wake eternally” (13) shows he believes that a good Christian will wake

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