A morality play includes allegorical drama, in which characters personify moral qualities or abstractions. “It achieves a beautiful, simple solemnity in treating allegorically the theme of death and the fate of the human soul—of Everyman’s soul as he tries to justify his time on earth” (Everyman, Encyclopaedia). “Everyman” is meant to communicate a simple moral lesson to the audience. “The author of “Everyman” presents the hero’s changing attitudes towards death and towards himself as the result of a series of encounters with other characters” (Goldhamer, 88). Many of the characters represent influences on the lives of people and the character Everyman represents all people.
Millay uses personification to describe death. It is the key poetic device. Death is personified in the first line by turning it into a proper noun with the capitalization of the letter ‘D’. In stanza one, readers notice the clash between the narrator and Death is clear. He states “I shall do for Death”.
Kristeva's view on abject is that it refers to the human reaction to a threatened breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of the distinction between subject and object or between self and other. (Kristeva). For example, if someone seen a corpse they would be repulsed by it because its something that should be alive but isn't. As Kristeva says, “The corpse, seen without God and outside of science, is the utmost of abjection. It is death infecting life.
The title itself is symbolic irony, because “the lottery” means good luck, but in this story means dead. Along with many other examples of symbolism, the three legged stool, the black box etc. The author uses the characters names to insinuate the true nature of the character and to foreshadow Tessie’s murder. Mrs. Delacroix for example is Latin for, of the cross, this invokes thoughts of sacrifice and dead. The Postmaster Graves means all things related to death.
With his effective use of imagery, diction and irony, Wellford Owens strips away the glory of war and reveals the horror of what it was really like to fight in WWI. Imagery is one of the powerful devise Owen uses to show the realities of war in his poem. Owen uses descriptive words and graphic imagery to provoke feeling and deep emotions within the reader as a way of driving home his anti-war message. For instance, he writes of “froth-corrupted lungs,’’(22)”sores on innocent tongues” (24)and even describes the dying man’s face as a “devil’s sick of sin“(20). As a reader one cannot help but get a mental picture of the terrible war condition as well as feel deep compassion for the soldier.
Hardy in ‘The Man He Killed’ is trying to tell us how war is futile as men are killed just because they are on opposing sides. The poem, compared to ‘Drummer Hodge,’ is much more retrospective. Hardy uses a dramatic monologue throughout the poem, making the poem itself much more personal and leaving a larger impression on the reader, whereas Drummer Hodge is written in the third person; this allows Hardy to describe the treatment of the dead
What Euthanasia is and isn't In a war of ideologies, the first casualties are the definitions of the terms used. Euphemisms abound when people resort to deceit in attempting to convince others. For example, in the language of the day, administering a lethal injection becomes "aid in dying." (And how can you be against giving "aid" to someone who is terminally ill?) What is generally meant by the term euthanasia is mercy killing - the deliberate ending of a person's life to reduce their suffering.
So, “A Cask of Amontillado” concerns itself mainly with the theme of revenge and “Home Burial” concerns itself with the theme of mourning, in the scope of the overall arching theme of death. This, essentially, paints death in two different lights: death being seen as a tragedy in one case and a triumph in another. There
DEATH BE NOT PROUD Divine Meditation 10 Summary The speaker tells Death that it should not feel proud, for though some have called it “mighty and dreadful,” it is not. Those whom Death thinks it kills do not truly die, nor, the speaker says, “can’st thou kill me.” Rest and sleep are like little copies of Death, and they are pleasurable; thus, the speaker reasons, Death itself must be even more so—indeed, it is the best men who go soonest to Death, to rest their bones and enjoy the delivery of their souls. Death, the speaker claims, is a slave to “fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,” and is forced to dwell with war, poison, and sickness. The speaker says that poppies and magic charms can make men sleep as well as, or better than, Death’s stroke, so why should Death swell with pride? Death is merely a short sleep, after which the dead awake into eternal life, where Death shall no longer exist: Death itself will die.
Another example of blood portraying honor takes place later in the play during the death scene of Macbeth. Right before Macduff kills Macbeth, he tells the ill-fated title character, “My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier than terms can give thee out.” With this line, the audience knows that Macbeth’s pleas to have his life spared will not be answered by Macduff. In turn, this is a display of courage on Macduff’s part. Where betrayal is concerned, blood also symbolizes acts of murder and treason. One such allusion is mentioned in act 2, scene 1, during Macbeth‘s soliloquy.