What is a good thesis statement for "Because I could not stop for death"?

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Emily Dickinson, poet, demonstrated an acceptance of death throughout several of her poems.  In her poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” she personifies death by making him a man coming to bring her on a carriage ride to eternity.

One workable thesis that one could use address her outlook on death.  It could be written as follows:

Emily Dickinson demonstrates a calm acceptance of death in her poem “Because I could not stop for death.” 

You can tie this in by obtaining different material on the topic that connects her view of death to something gentle.  During her ride with death, she is taken through some good memories and comforting places.

“We passed the school, where children strove 
At recess, in the ring; 
We passed the fields of gazing grain, 
We passed the setting sun.”

Another good theme would be to focus on death as a person.  When one thinks of death as a person one often pictures the grim reaper.  Instead, Dickinson has presented Death as a fiance coming to take his bride to eternity.

The thesis could read:

Emily Dickinson personified death in the poem “Because I could not stop for Death” by representing death as a person.

“Because I Could Not Stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;”

You can find many different topics within the poem because the poem is such a soft glide toward eternity.  By studying the tone of the poem and obtaining research on Emily Dickinson, you ill find information that connects the poem to the period in which it was written.  The additional information will provide support for your thesis.

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