Death in Literature Analytical Essay by Research Group

Death in Literature
A review of several pieces of literature which deal with the issue of death.
# 27180 | 1,109 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper reviews three different pieces of literature that all deal with the notion of death. The first is Stephen Crane's story "The Open Boat", which shows death to be a powerful force which is everywhere and cannot be denied or forgotten. The second piece is Luigi Pirandello's play "The Man with the Flower in His Mouth" where the author focuses on death through the thoughts and feelings of the man who himself is dying. The final piece is Robert Frost's poem, "Home Burial" in which the main characters find that death is a constant presence which keeps their relationship a sad and angry one.

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"Despite the angry bitterness of the Man, Pirandello shows death to be more mentally affecting than either physical or emotional. The Man is wrestling with his own death still, and he uses the presence of the Commuter to express his dark thoughts. Pirandello's main point seems to be that death is everywhere, but we are in denial about it, until we are faced with it in a way which we cannot deny, and then we must come to grips with it, however angrily or bitterly, with whatever thoughts of murder or suicide we might have (Pirandello 8). Meanwhile, symbolized by the Commuter, the rest of us go about our lives as if we are immortal."

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