Examples Of Death In Emily Dickinson And I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died

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The Vision of Death in Emily Dickinson’s poems “I heard a Fly buzz—when I died—” and “Because I could not stop for Death—”

In the poems “I heard a Fly buzz—when I died—”and “Because I could not stop for Death---” poet Emily Dickinson depicts two beliefs (views?) regarding her vision of death and dying. She also expresses her view of life by looking through the lens of death. In Emily Dickinson’s poems, she portrays two different views on life. In “I heard a Fly buzz---when I died---” she uses a fly as a metaphor for humans and their journey through life. When the poet says “With Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz-” (13) she is stating that humans are insignificant, just like the fly. We are unsure of what our reason (or motive?) for existing
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In “I Heard a Fly Buzz- When I Died” all her friends and loved ones were assembled around her. As they gathered their breaths they waited for “when the king be witnessed in the room-” (7,8) Everyone was hoping that God would come take care of Dickinson in the afterlife but he never came (did?). Instead, she only saw was a fly. The people gathered around her were clearly Christians as they had the same beliefs which Jesus stated about death in John 14:1-6 which says “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14, v 1-6) Dickinson does not appear to believe in God and does not believe death to be exciting, unlike many Christians do. At the time of her death, Jesus never arrives to take her to heaven and all she observes is an insignificant fly. Dickinson sees no afterlife or God in this poem. In contrast to “I Heard a Fly Buzz- When I Died-”, Dickinson incorporates her interpretation that an afterlife exists in her poem “Because I could not stop for Death-”. The poet includes her view of what an afterlife would be although, it is rather dark and depressing. Throughout the poem, Dickinson talks about how life passes so quickly. The speaker reveals that death is when your perception of time changes when it is measured against the standard of eternity; “Since then-‘tis centuries- and yet feels shorter than the day.”

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