A Life in Vain in "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" Essay example

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Living a life of reason is the goal of many people; a life of principle seems to make the acceptance of death easier. As American novelist Robert Byrne said, "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." When death arrives, people tend to examine the point of their life. Accordingly, many may feel scared as death approaches because they realize their life has been in vain. However, if a person manages to live a life of purpose, he or she can find solace in the fact that he or she may be immortalized because of their actions. Although people find comfort in this, Dylan Thomas does not. In Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," he writes of four classes of men: good men, wild men, grave men, and wise men. Two classes, grave and …show more content…
Thomas uses such words like--blind, blaze, dark, light, lightning--all of which have connotations of light. Thus, to have wild men chase the sun is only appropriate. Thomas, in stanza four, is silently conceding to death by acknowledging that every sunrise is followed by a sunset. For "wild men...learn, too late, they grieved it on its way" (10-11). By attributing the chasing of the setting sun to wild men, Thomas is introducing the fact that all life, no matter the circumstance--ends. Not only does life end, but also men do not realize how soon it ends. The men learned "too late" that all life sets as the sun does. Thomas continues to introduce words with connotations of light when he speaks of grave men. Grave men also have found purpose in life, for they see with "blinding sight" (13). Yet again, Thomas illustrates how their lives have also been in vain: "Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay" (14). The meaning of blinding sight, in this instance, is debatable. Yet, when one thinks of blinding sight, a logical inference is an object that is so overwhelming it is incomprehensible. It is almost as if these men are staring at the sun, blinded by the brightness of what they see; they know they are seeing an object but do not know what or why they are seeing it. Thus, if sun, in Thomas' poem, illustrates life, then it is possible that these grave