Accepting Death Thesis? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME COME UP WITH A THESIS? An example. I'll reword it or work with anything you can give me. PLEASE!I am writing an analytical essay on "Because i...

Accepting Death Thesis?

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME COME UP WITH A THESIS? An example. I'll reword it or work with anything you can give me. PLEASE!

I am writing an analytical essay on "Because i could not stop for death" by Emily Dickinson. My thesis statement is going to revolve around the speaker accepting death or, better said, 'comparing' the speaker to human beings and how WE all are not prepared for death, but at one point in our lives we all have to just ACCEPT the fact that it has to come.

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In "Because I could not stop for Death," the speaker does not really accept death until she has already died. An obvious implication of the poem, for the reader, is that death comes to everyone, whether they are ready for it or not. However, from the speaker's perspective, Death sneaks up on her, first appearing as a gentleman, then a seducer, and finally a journey.

In the third stanza, the speaker, Death, and their chaperon (Immortality) pass by a series of scenes depicting stages of life: school/childhood, recess, grain (and the foreseeing harvest in autumn), and finally, the setting sun. The children in the scene have yet to surmise their own mortality. Even the speaker notes that she did not fully accept or know of her own death until death had actually occurred.

Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.

During this final stanza, the speaker has been "in" a cemetery for centuries. At some point during the journey of/with Death, she realized that Death was not taking her on some temporary stroll. Rather, he was taking her from life.

In the fourth stanza, the speaker reveals that she was not prepared for the journey. In other words, she was not ready for death.

The dews grew quivering and chill,
For only gossamer my gown,
My tippet only tulle.

Regarding your thesis, the speaker accepts death only when that experience presents itself. A reader of the poem might conclude that one can only fully accept death when death occurs. We all know that death is inevitable. But we don't know when it will occur and we would probably be reluctant to accept it even with the knowledge that it is inevitable.

"Because I could not stop for Death, / He kindly stopped for me;" (1-2). The speaker doesn't stop for Death because, like us all, she doesn't know when and where it is going to happen. She may have consciously accepted the inevitability of death while she was alive. However, when death does occur, she isn't immediately aware that the "horses heads were toward Eternity."

This reading of the poem suggests that one can prepare and accept the inevitability of death, but one will never be ready for it.

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