Death Be Not Proud By John Donne Essay

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In “Death Be Not Proud” by John Donne, a statement on death is given, which does against the common grain. Donne expresses the need to remove the stigma around death and perceives it as inconsequential. Death is not brought up in everyday conversations and people often elude the thought of death when it does come up. Death is feared and dreaded by most people, but Donne veers away from this stigma. Death is personified in this poem and Donne establishes his superiority over death. He mocks death by comparing it to drugs and potions, which lead to the same fate, but drugs and potions are not feared as much as death. Furthermore, death is a slave to “fate, chance, kings, and desperate men”. It is these things and people that decide who does and doesn’t die. Death does not partake in any of these decisions. It just deals with whatever decisions are made, having no influence. Moreover, Donne further mocks Death’s position by describing it as pleasurable. Sleep and rest are enjoyed by people and are just the mere stimulation of death. In that case, death itself must be even more pleasurable. This is why “our best men” die the soonest, as they get to enjoy death sooner. Donne thinks of death as just a short period of nothingness, after which comes the eternal life. If death itself was to die, any person would not ever die. Moreover, death is not as mighty or powerful as it thinks it is. On the contrary, Keats expresses a complete fear of death, in “When I have Fears that I…

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