Death In Literature

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Literature Project 2: Themes in Literature Why do authors, poets, and for that matter anyone else with a pen, write literature? Even more important is not why it is written, but why we read. Stories, novels, poems, articles, etc. all have a few things in common and probably the most important of them is the reason for which they are all written, the theme. The theme in any work of literature is the underlying idea and main purpose (Kirszner, and Mandell 4). One such theme that has been rewritten throughout time is the idea of death and its inevitability. It is an interesting subject that has been revisited by many authors and poets, and has a great range of perception. Writers find a way to explain a concept and a truth that they believe through different forms of literature. Everything from a three line haiku to a 1000 page novel has an underlying theme. In many cases there are several interlocking ideas that are present within one work of literature. These ideas slowly develop throughout the work bring the reader one step closer to discovering the true reason behind the piece of literature. Every author carefully portrays the theme so that the reader continues to be enthralled in the work and has to ask questions that can only be answered by understanding said theme. Death is a theme that has be revisited by many authors and poets time and again in countless ways with several interpretations. Among these are the ideas that death is the absolute conflict that results in self discovery or the natural cycle of life ("Twentieth Century Literature"). Death has been viewed as a way of explaining life itself and the concept of living to the fullest. As we explore further, one might even go so far as to say that death as a theme in literature can be viewed as a source of the creation of literature ("Twentieth Century Literature"). The constant repetition of

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