Because I Could Not Stop For Death Analysis
The poem, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” by Emily Dickinson
presents captivating themes on the cycle of life, time, and death. The first two lines, …show more content…
This ties into what the
meaning of Death is in this poem, because the terms that Emily Dickinson use to
substitute the places that the main character goes through while she is in a state of
death are imagined as a fascinating, memorable experience. However, the main
character becomes a bit dumbfounded by her surroundings and begins to question
about why her entire experience of being with Death is a good thing, and not a bad
thing. While she contemplates, her journey still remains a mystery.
In the sixth stanza, Death’s underlying meaning becomes a beneficial
influence when it is known as something that lasts forever. In these final lines,
Dickinson has attempted to describe what is unknown about the meaning of Death.
In the poem, the narrative figure, “surmised” (Dickinson 679; Stanza 6, Line 23)
meaning that she guesses, through intuition, the answer to human existence. She
also looks at the heads of the horses and sees that they are directed “toward
Eternity” (Dickinson 679; Stanza 6, Line 24). The young woman finally realizes the
true meaning of Death. Living life can be stressful, but at the same time be …show more content…
Even if Death generally represents a negative
image, it represents the exact opposite view in the poem. This aspect is that while
living can be stressful, and overwhelming, it can be a “kindly” (Dickinson 679;
Stanza 1, Line 2), because of hard work and dedication to one’s life. The term,
“kindly” is used to describe the positive view of what to expect when Death arrives.
Death wants the young woman to open her eyes and see that living every day life is
a reward and that it will also be a reward when one dies.
In this powerful poem, Dickinson demonstrates three important aspects of
death: the civil character of Death, how Death has to do with the eternal life and, and
sailing through time in order to look back at seeing the positives of living every day
life. “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” challenges readers to put themselves in
the young woman’s shoes. The stress, and frustration of living every day life is
something that everyone can relate to. Death can be very “kindly.” This particular
description is powerful enough to demonstrate and emphasize that dying can be