Do Not Go Gentle IntoThat Good Night by Dylan Thomas Essay

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Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

Many people get to the end of their lives and only then do they realize what they have missed. They realize that there is something that they just did not do in life and they try to do that thing before life's end.

The poem, 'Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night' by Dylan Thomas, is based around five people. There is a wise man, a good man, a wild man, a grave man, and a father. For some reason, others more obvious than the ones before them, they have reached life's end. They are about to pass on into the next life; however, before they can pass on they each have some issue or loss in life that they must fix.
The first example in poem is the wise man. Wisdom is often …show more content…

The king of the Gods was named Zeus. When Zeus wanted to get the attention of someone or wanted to prove his authority he would use lightning. So when the wise men had forked no lightning it meant that they cold not get the attention of anyone.

The second person in the poem is the good man. Good, like bad, have different meanings for different people. In William Shakespeare?s tragedy Julius Caesar the character in the story Mark Anthony said, ?The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones? (Shakespeare 876). Good men according to Thomas are so because of the deeds they do. Their problems are always put into the background as they go forward to help others.

The good people are heroes. They do things that are to be expected to be done and do not ask for reward. Thomas says ?Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright / Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay? (Thomas ll. 7-8). In these lines it seems that Thomas is also saying that only at life?s end were they boastful and maybe if they lived a little for themselves their life would not have been a waste.

The wild man is third character in the poem. Wildness is often associated with being carefree. The lack of caring and adventure are great, but soon the realization that when you live for the next minute time passes by and the moment is lost. You must cherish each moment for the next moment may be your last. Also you must take time to see what is going

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