Element of death - RUNNING HEAD Literary Works Compare and Contrast Element of Death Melinda Glover ENG125 Understanding Literature Annemarie Hamlin 1

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RUNNING HEAD: Literary Works Compare and Contrast 1 Element of Death Melinda Glover ENG125 – Understanding Literature Annemarie Hamlin April 19, 2012
RUNNING HEAD: Literary Works Compare and Contrast 2 Over the years, literature has advanced into many forms and we can find these different forms written by many different writers of all different types of writing. Literature transforms and accentuates ordinary language. It requires specialized vocabulary. It can be any type of literature, whether it is a poem, play or a short story. In this essay I am going to talk about two works of literature and connect them to one certain element; that element is death. The element of death has been included by writers, poets and authors all around the world. Death can suddenly end a story and leave the reader in anticipation on what is going to happen and leave it a mystery. It can happen for many reasons, to include carelessness causing anger, or knowing that we are going to die, which can cause fear. Death can also end as a sacrifice leaving us in tears. The element of death is in our everyday life; we always hear about it and may briefly wonder why it happens. Philosophers and religious leaders have tried to give us the meaning of death, but no one can say with certainty that they understand the cycle of life. Because of its big mystery, it is an element often used in literary works to capture our attention. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, written by Emily Dickenson (1863) talks about death, the afterlife and how one day it arrives to take her for a ride. This literary master piece is considered one of Emily’s greatest works. It was written in 1863. When reading this poem, you feel that Emily is welcoming death or is somewhat curious about it, as she talks about a carriage pulling up to take her. Usually when death arrives, a person would describe it has something scary and frightening. She mourns about her past and talks about a journey which leads to death. After reading this poem I got the impression that she is coming to terms with death and has accepted it as her final fate. While riding in a carriage approaching a death she knew was coming, she describes the landscape and countryside; I feel she was talking about seeing the world around her for the very last time. These are the thoughts and memories she wants to carry
RUNNING HEAD: Literary Works Compare and Contrast 3 with her; children playing, wheat growing in the fields (Gazing Grain) and the setting sun symbolizing her end. “The Dews drew quivering and chill — For only Gossamer, my Gown — My Tippet — only Tulle —” (cited in Clugston, 2010).

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