Essay about Life and Death in Literature

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The word death brings different feelings to minds. Most are scared of the thought. Some embrace death, the thought of meeting our maker. The feeling to not exist, 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 reality. There are various short stories, poems, and plays that attribute life and death. “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, and “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” by William Shakespeare all uses life and death as a theme.


The short story “A Rose for Emily” begins with the death of her father. The trauma of her Death is part of life; it is only natural these authors and poets writes about death.
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The denouement was her death. When she dies, she is free from her horrible life. When she dies her repulsive secret is out. (Cited in DiYanni, 2007, p.73)

There were three deaths in “A Rose for Emily”. All three deaths had different affect on the community. The death of Emily’s father brought obligation to the community. She denied her father’s death, and they all knew her father stolen her youth from her. The community sympathized for her, and obligated to take care of her. Emily’s death brought sorrow, curiosity, and shock to the community. The townspeople felt sorrow because remember the respectful Emily. They were curios because she had not left the house in years. They were shocked because, they discover Homer Barron’s body. Therefore, Homer Barron’s death brings, shock and guilt to the community. No one could imagine sweet Emily killing someone, especially a man she loved. The townspeople that was jealous of Emily’s relationship, felt guilty. In way, it was their fault.


“The Story of an Hour”, starts of with death. Mrs. Mallard finds out that her husband died in a train wreck. Her first response was to cry. She was so horrified 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; she also recalls that she did not love him all the time. She remembers the day, before she founds out about his death, she had been wishing for life to be…

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