Duffy structures the poem like a monologue so the reader can track Havisham’s descent into inhumanity, as she descends further into madness. It begins with “beloved sweetheart” presenting the potential off love to someone wanting a “male corpse”. The monologues track the progress of the characters as they descend further into inhumanity. Each piece shows loss of humanity through the influence of external forces and how they are partly responsible for the characters’ loss of humanity. Shakespeare uses Lady Macbeth’s persuasion and the witches’ charm, both in act 1 to show the influence of others.
O’Brien and Thomas both depict situations where the concept of death is always lurking just around the corner. The realization of one’s mortality is often enough to shift one’s perception away from fantasy to cold, hard reality. O’Brien illustrates this point well as Lieutenant Cross’s obsession with a fading memory leads to a man’s death: “He felt shame. He hated himself. He had loved Martha more than his men and as a consequence Lavender was now dead.” (O’Brien, 1990, p.20) Consequently he is forced to revaluate his motives and strive to move
In addition, Rank is used to facilitate the development of central characters and the realism of Ibsen’s plot. This essay shall now proceed to justify the assertion that Rank, although a minor character, plays a substantial role in A Doll’s House. Ibsen presents Dr. Rank as a critically ill patient of an inherited venereal disease, hinted to be congenital syphilis (Austin, 2009), who makes several ruminations on death. Death is a recurring motif in the play and represents the purgation of sins against society’s moral code. Ibsen invokes this motif through Rank’s dialogues.
How does the exploration of the connections between two texts from different times deepen our understanding of what is constant in human nature? The comparative study of the poetry of John Donne and Margaret Edson’s play, W;t, reveals changes in context inform what we value in human nature, specifically in regards to finitude, relationships and humanity. John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, ‘Death be not proud’, ‘This is my playes last scene’ and ‘If poysonous mineralls’ explore the fear of death and the need to belittle it, whereas ‘Hymne to God my God, in my Sicknesse’ (‘Hymne’) and ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’ (‘Valediction’) deal with the idealised, spiritual aspects of love and relationships. The need to undermine the power of death is reflected, though expressed differently, in both ‘Death be not proud’ and W;t. In ‘Death be not proud’, the personification of death, the logical argumentative structure and tone of the sonnet cohesively highlight the idea that death is not the absolute end, and can be transcended through a religious belief in salvation. In the concluding couplet, Donne affirms that after “one short sleepe” imposed upon us by death, we wake to the eternal life of salvation and in that life of the soul, “death shall be no more”.
Emily depicts death in an unconventional way, challenging the age old belief of death and its elation to immortality in death. In stanza one, Dickinson personifies death, as being a gentleman with human characteristics. This interpretation put a twist to the age old description of death as a cryptic, sinister figure from hell that comes for our soul and invokes fear into our very being. The speaker said “‘because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me’” (line 1-2), this woman was too busy with her everyday life that she never thought of the inevitability of death. Traditionally, it is taught that death cares and waits for no one; ironically, he ‘kindly’ stops for her, portraying her as though they are going on a date.
‘Victor Frankenstein is condemned from the start of the novel as he chooses to play God’ in the light of this comment, discuss how Mary Shelley chooses to portray death in the novel. Of the many running themes in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the theme of death is potentially the most prominent as the story within the novel essentially begins and finishes with the death of the creature. In fact, by the end of the novel the only remaining (notable) character is Walton. Shelley adds irony to the theme of death by writing ‘Wealth was an inferior object; but what glory would attend the discovery, if I could banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death!’ from Victor’s perspective near the begging of the novel, adding an ironic foreshadowing from the start. It can be argued that Victor sees himself at a higher power than others due to his own arrogance, interfering with the natural process of life and death, bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it impossible) renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption.
that this too too solid flesh would melt … all the uses of this world.” (I, ii, 129-135) Hamlet’s life no longer serves any value to him. He longs for death, wishing that he could end his own life without being doomed to an eternity in hell. This feeling lingers in his mind throughout most of the play, as in Hamlet’s fourth soliloquy it is believed he is debating killing himself as he ponders approaches that would not leave him at fault for his death; “Whether t’is nobler in the mind … and by opposing, end them?” (III, i, 57-60) Meanwhile, he also fears death as many of us today still do. Upon meeting his father’s apparition and learning of his unnatural murder, he is introduced to a new factor of death that was not considered before: purgatory. “Thou poor ghost.” (I, v, 97) Hamlet pities his father, as he was murdered and was not given the chance to pray.
Alex Harleen Allusions to Dante: the Loss of Identity in “The Waste Land” Harleen 1 The shifting perspectives and vague characters in T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” make for a confusing read. On my second time through the poem, a series of allusions to Dante stood out in a passage. Hoping to better understand this part of the poem, I compared the tone and structure of the passage to what I knew of Dante. On the surface, Eliot constructs the same multitudes of dead that Dante powerfully describes in “Inferno.” However, a comparison between the passage and “Inferno” proved problematic; unlike Dante’s writing, Eliot’s passage focuses on the crowd, ignoring the individual.
In giving death characteristics of being mortal it diminishes the effect of fear that death is associated with. Donne then goes on to personify death, giving the entity human characteristics, in line two, “Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so” and line nine, “Thou’rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men”, these characteristics make death appear defenseless and less fearsome. Throughout the poem metaphors are also present, he frequently compares sleep to death, and “From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, much pleasure, then from thee much more must flow” lines 5-6. The metaphor suggests that since we derive pleasure from sleep, death should be more pleasurable. Also by referring to line five the “pictures” of death, is implied that sleep is just a short resemblance of death, making death seem effortless and comprehensible, removing the fear of the unknown.
In one point of the soliloquy, he describes life as a point in time when he has to "suffer-The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" and "take arms against a sea of troubles". He does not appear to have the incentive to "suffer" and "take arms," but instead is considering just killing himself to ending it all. Shakespeare's has used the phrase "To die: to sleep; No more;" to give emphasis to Hamlet's view of death as a calm, and final rest. I do not agree with Hamlet’s viewpoint on life because I believe that death will not solve his problem. Hamlet soon realizes that he should begin to find a solution to his problems because he does not know the inexplicable value of