Essay on Life and Death in Literature

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Death is part of life, it is only natural that authors, and poetics writes about death. The word death brings different feelings to minds. Most are scare of the thought. Some embraces death, the thought of meeting our maker. The feeling to not exists, while the rest of the world goes on with their lives is overwhelming. To write about death, they have to write about life. Life and death is usually the plot in short stories, plays, and poems. “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner; “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin; and “When I have fears that I may cease to be” by John Keats all uses life and death as a plot.

The short story “A Rose for Emily” begins with the death of her father. The trauma of her father’s death puts her in a
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When she dies, she is free from her horrible life. When she dies her repulsive secret is out. (Cited in DiYanni, 2007, pg.73)

“The Story of an Hour”, starts of with death. Mrs. Mallard founds out that her husband died in a train week. Her first response was to cry. She was so horrify with her husband’s death, she locks herself up in her room. In her room her mind begins to wonder. She recalls her love for her husband, so also recalls she did not love him all the time. She remembers the day before she founds out about his death, she had wish for life to be short. She starts to imagine life without him. She realizes although she will miss him time to time, she is going to enjoy life. “Free! Body and soul free!” (Cited in DiYanni, 2007, pg.39) She comes out of her room happy, hoping for a long “free” life. When she comes down stairs, the front door opens up. She sees her husband standing there. He is alive, the “bending” house. There she is probably in shock from seeing him. She sees her free, happy, and long life just draft away. She screams aloud horrible scream. Poor, Mrs. Mallard dies of a heart attack. (Cited in DiYanni, 2007, pg.38)

Life and death is the plot in “The Story of an Hour.” The conflict is his death and his life. At the beginning, when everyone hears about his death, they are scare about Mrs. Mallard’s heart disease. After, she discovers he is not alive, is also the conflict. Mrs. Mallard’s life and death was the denouement.

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