Because I could not stop for Death— Questions and Answers
by Emily Dickinson

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In "Because I could not stop for Death—" what is the significance of immortality?

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In the first stanza of "Because I could not stop for Death—" both Death and Immortality are personified. Death and Immortality accompany the speaker during the carriage ride. One interpretation is that Death drives the carriage and Immortality is the chaperon. This interpretation indicates that Death is a courtly gentleman which further includes the possibility that Death is courting the speaker, thus trying to seduce her. The combination suggests that death is an immortal journey. 

In the third and fourth stanzas, the...

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