Komunyakaa's View Of Death

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Wilmer Ortiz Ortiz 1 John Benvenuto English 102 March 8, 2013 The Unseen Line Between Life and Death Throughout history we have seen evidence of man’s obsession with mortality. In an effort to understand the unknown, writers create stories through literature that give readers an explanation they can grasp. This writing about our impermanence shows just how insecure and un-accepting we can be of this unavoidable fate. Literature often has the ability to show just how vulnerable humans can be, and yet somehow manage to find elegant, beautiful and dignified ways to show. Three…show more content…
He describes death as being, "the profile of night Ortiz 3 slanted against morning"(590)”. This metaphor causes death to become something unknown, unseen and unfamiliar. Komunyakaa suggests that death is like nighttime; it is dark and, therefore, has a feeling of unfamiliarity about it. As a result, Yusef Komunyakaa presents death as something we should fear and fight against, while Woody Allen presents death as a natural inevitability we must all face. In the short story, “The Red Convertible,” by Louise Erdrich, death is represented in an unexpected situation. One moment can be full of life and the next one can be full of death. “His eyes are full of tears and blood and at first I think he’s crying. But no, he’s laughing. My boots are filling, he says. Then he’s gone” (80). This was the same thing that was happening to the solders going to the Vietnam War. The soldiers couldn’t predict what was going to happen to them in Vietnam, however; they knew that some of them wouldn’t come back to their native country
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