Analysis Of The Poem ' The Living Dead '

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The Living Dead:
An Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s 1861 version of “Safe in their Alabaster Chambers—“
Assorted critics commonly believe that Emily Dickinson’s 1861 version of “Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers—” indicates the speaker’s mood about death and religion. One critic’s view, specifically Brent E. Kinser, coincides with the common perception, and adds that she signifies the inevitability of death in the universe (Kinser 144). In his periodical, “Dickinson’s SAFE IN THEIR ALABASTER CHAMBERS” Kinser claims that Dickinson creates imagery of upward movement from the grave to the living realm to mirror a perpetual “movement of life and death within the universe” (Kinser 144). Although he esteems a nonlinear reading of the poem, he stops at this conclusion and seeks no further analysis of the speaker’s implications of religious and materialistic values. By affirming such a broad idea about this poem, Kinser misses that Dickinson compares the consequence of religious and materialistic values to death. The speaker expresses a social critique that religion and materialism provide a false sense of security, ultimately limiting the way the world is perceived. Furthermore, the poem concludes with the implication that seeking security is a common yet unattainable behavior.
The speaker establishes that this poem is a social critique of the members of Christianity in her society. She uses an allusion to the Resurrection to emphasize the importance of establishing a specific aspect…
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