Human beings aresubjected to death though it is the worst feared situation inhumankind. It is the wish of human beings never to die though due tosickness and accidents human beings have to die. Other associatesdeath as a result of disobedience to God. The sinful life among theindividuals subjects human being to death. It is imperative that whenAdam and Eve sinned against the will of God death paved it way tohuman being. The paper will analyze the theme of mortality in thepoem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” (Dickinson and Susan1).
Dickinson has apositive attitude toward death though she considers death as cruel inthe life of individuals. She explains how the actual day of deathwould be, and one should be aware that death is normal and one candie any time. It implies that Dickinson has accepted death andconsiders it as part and parcel of the human being. For instance, inthe second stanza Dickinson argues that they drove slowly, and theydid not want to speed up since she had put off the labor and leisurewaiting for death. The stanza depicts an individual who is courageousenough to face death without tears. The attitude towards death simplyindicates that she is a person who is prepared, and her act tells usthat the worldly pleasures are not part of her life. She is acommitted individual and ready to die anytime and anywhere.
Mortality accordingto Dickinson is something that is unpreventable and the only solutionto leave a peaceful life is by making sure that one lives anexemplary life. The secret to stopping death is being courageous andready to face it. The more one becomes afraid about it then it tendsto be experienced by the individuals. For example, in the laststanza Dickinson writes that from the time she became courageous ofdeath it was centuries ago and yet it has not occurred. She stillwaits for the death, and she is a living example who can witnessabout death though she does not have the proof to support it (Olsonand Martin 36). Honest individuals, when dies, will just have eternallife, and this is one of the reasons that should make people not tobe afraid of death.
It is the role ofindividuals to ascertain that they are going to embrace the endtimes. This is because it is something that will be felt by humanbeings and other living creatures. From the poem Dickinson tries tosensitize people that death should not make an individual to bestressed due to fear and the brutality of death. According to herdeath is kind and human beings are not inevitable to it. In the thirdstanza, we can see death and the speaker visiting the school thoughit is inform of vision. When Dickinson and death visited a certainschool at recess they did not make any student to be subjected todeath. It implies that death is kind to some people and should not befeared. It is imperative that individuals should be waiting for deathanytime and to some extent it is kind to the people. After death,there is nobody who has ever confessed about death how painful it isand thus one should not be fearful about it. After death, there ishappiness according to Dickinson since all the pain that aresubjected to the individual will never be experienced again (Demske25). The worldly pleasures that individuals are subjected to, willnever be experienced, and thus death is a visitor who will take thepain and misery that one is experiencing.
Death and immoralitygo hand in hand, and this is the reason the writer tells the peopleto be prepared for the death. To stop death from terrorizing peoplethey must live a life that is free from wickedness. The theme ofmortality in the poem plays a significant role in ensuring thatindividuals have hope after the death. The writer, to some extentshows that she believes in the presence of spirituality after death(Olson and Martin 36). Human being believes that there is life afterdeath for those who have been raised up in Christianity life.
In conclusion,individuals should live an exemplarily life that others can emulatesince death can occur anytime. For those who base their argument thatthere is life after death they should not be immoral rather theyshould set examples to others. In the first stanza of the poemDickinson indicates that she could not stop for it, but death was sokind that it stopped for her. It is imperative that one should notengage in immorality for the sake of his or her life. It is the roleof the each and every individual to be aware of death and should notbe afraid about it. There is life after death and thus be positivetowards it since it is inevitable.
Demske, M. Being, man, and death: A key to Heidegger.University Press of Kentucky, 2015. Print.
Dickinson, E, and Susan, H. Because I could not stop for Death.ProQuest LLC, 2004.
Olson, T., and Martin, I. "Life After Death and the Devastationof the Grave." The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case againstLife After Death (2015): 409.