I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died

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To define "death", the textbook definition is : "the action or result of dying or being killed; the end of the life of a person or organism." When people hear the word “death”, it is automatically assumed that it’s the end and there’s no more life after. As humans, we do not know that; none of us do. Death is a mystery; the biggest mystery that not even the best detective can solve. The permanent ending of vital processes in a cell or tissue. It is the ending of everything. Where it will not regenerate and come back to life. Death can be defined by almost anyone with any words but does anyone know the consequence of death? Of course not because it is impossible. All one can actually do is guess what happens. Most people are scared to death about death. Indeed, the subject is a very morbid topic to talk about of. However, Mark Twain chose to make fun of the subject; “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time”. Mark Twain often joked about how dreadful the world would be if we lived forever. People will be tired and dreaded of this world- not to mention the over population. Death is just blank black. Nothing to see, nothing to do. You don’t know what to expect. “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force” (YODA, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith). Death is a natural occurrence and as so we should not be scared. “I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died” a poem written by nineteenth century poet Emily Dickinson who expresses her feelings concerned with death, confusing people with possible deeper meaning. This poem unlike the mainstream does not focus on the afterlife of death, but rather the dying process. Yoda stated that dying is a natural part of life. Having that last moment connects to Mark Twain’s idea of a man who lives fully is prepared to die at any

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