Do Not Go Gently Into That Night

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In the poem “Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night,” Thomas urges his dying father, and all men, to fight for life until the very end. Thomas argues that the sick and elderly should not just give in to death, but rather that they should fight death with everything they have. He knows that there is no way to escape death but believes that no man should accept his death calmly. According to Thomas it is every man’s duty to “rage” and “fight” against death no matter how obvious an end it seems to be. He believes that the end of life should not be thrown away just because death is lurking around the corner. Throughout the poem he illustrates that different types of men live different lives but that all have a purpose and a reason to fight for life until the end. The common theme of the poem is that no matter how the man has lived his life there is always something worth fighting for. In the first stanza Thomas uses a repeating metaphor for death. In line one death is the “good night,” in the second line the “close of day,” and in the third the “dying of the light.” He continually associates death with the end of the day and the coming of night. The reader begins to realize that the poem is about dying, and that Thomas is instructing those approaching death to fight against the ultimate end with all their might. The author uses powerful and emotional words that show the importance of fighting for life with everything that man has within. After the first stanza the reader has an idea of what the poem is going to be about but is unsure as to what direction the poem will take. The second stanza talks about how even though an intelligent man knows that death is inevitable that he should not just accept it. There is always the possibility that the individual hasn’t achieved everything that they were capable of yet and there is still something worth living for. Thomas is
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