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What is Gray's attitude toward the people buried in the cementery? Toward the rich? Toward the poor?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 13, 2013 at 2:32 PM (Answer #1)

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Gray’s observations about the anonymity and non-fame of the persons in a rural graveyard concern both low classes and high – “whose boast of heraldry…await alike th’ inevitable hour” – equates the earthly classes in that, whether or not their light shined in this world, they would all be judged equally at the Judgment day.  He also gives acknowledgement to the deeds of the lowly, even though not recognized here – “Full many a gem of purest ray serene” – His line, “The paths of glory lead but to the grave” point out the valuelessness of earthly fame, so the first-person narrator’s (Gray?) attitude toward rich and poor is an attitude of equality in the final analysis.

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