The Theme Of Death In The Great Gatsby And A Tale Of Two Cities

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As Thomas Harris once said, “when the fox hears the rabbit scream he comes a-runnin ', but not to help.” His quote relates back to the novels of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and Macbeth written by Shakespeare, because in all of them, death and the assistance of death is common. The blood thirsty characters always “come a-runnin’” when death calls, and the murderers always seem to want more. Whether it’s guilt, revenge, or out of greed, the characters are never satisfied after they commit a murder. Death is a concept that comes up repeatedly making it a common motif. In most cases, death in each book is homicide, also referred to as murder. Sometimes death is self-inflicted within these novels. …show more content…
Madame Defarge is one of the most determined characters that gets heavily involved in the violence. The story says “...the long-gathering rain of stabs and blows fell heavy; was so close to him when he dropped dead under it, that, suddenly animated, she put her foot upon his neck, and with her cruel knife-long ready-hewed off his head,” (Dickens 226). Madame Defarge intentionally and brutally killed a man that she had no relationship with. She does this with many more wealthy people with whom she crosses paths with. Madame Defarge doesn 't care for any of the nobles who make up the first or second estate and for that reason, her mindset is to execute them. The death she creates, impacts her morals in a negative way because she is overcome with violence. Along with that, death is a result of feeling worthless in the short poem When I’m Killed. While the narrator is explaining his motives, he says “so when I’m killed, don 't mourn for me, Shot, poor lad, so bold and young, Killed and gone-don 't mourn for me,” (Graves 82). Death is the main focus of this poem, and the narrator makes it evident that he does not want anyone 's pity when he is dead. In this case, it is predicted that suicide, rather than homicide, is the objective. Suicide is self-destruction and is careless in the sense that it can be a selfish act. Sometimes the morals …show more content…
As seen by the murderous characters in each of the novels, their morals are formed to fit their lifestyle of annihilation. Daisy loses her innocence and becomes a murderer when she unintentionally kills Myrtle Wilson. Macbeth turned against the people who he used to call his friends due to his greed and careless attitude. Madame Defarge takes advantage of her ruthless behavior to achieve her goal of brutally overthrowing the nobles. Lastly, the narrator of the poem When I’m Killed displays his selfish and careless nature when he explains how he would rather be dead. All these novels reveal how certain attitudes shape a person’s morals, and sometimes it is for the worst rather than for the

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