Compare / Contrast Essay

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Issa Haddad
Jason Sebacher
ENGL102
27 November 2012
Compare/Contrast Essay
In Dylan Thomas', “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, he entreats his father to not succumb quietly to death. He uses the metaphor, "the dying of the light" (3) to illustrate that he feels death to be a destructive power seeking to put out the "light" which is the human life force. That he feels this destruction should not be passively accepted is first shown when he states, "old age should burn and rave at the close of day" (2). He employs the metaphor, "close of day" (2) to show he feels death is an end to human consciousness as he knows it. He also uses "old age" (2) to personify the person/people who should fight death, and "burn and rave" (2) to indicate the fight. He uses examples of different types of men resisting death to add to his argument that life should not be given up lightly. "Wise men" (4) do not "go gentle" because "their words had forked no lightning" (5). Another metaphor, meaning that the words they speak receive no notice, therefor there is still more recognition to achieve before death's finality. "Good men" (7), realizing (with the metaphor/personification) that their "frail deeds might have danced in a green bay" (8), also fight against dying. The use of "green bay" (8) as a metaphor for the inevitable "sea" of mortality shows that they realize their actions in life may not yet be enough to secure them an illustrious place in human history and remembrance.
"Wild men", having "caught and sang the sun in flight" (10), now see that they too are mortal and "learn too late, they grieved it on its way" (11). These metaphors show that they repent of a life lived “wild” and now wish more time in which to make changes and perhaps amend. "Grave men" (13), men both ill and somber, "see with blinding sight" (13). This is both metaphor and oxymoron. Perhaps Thomas means…...

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