Fear Of Death Analysis

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How do the texts you have studied explore confronting aspects of the human condition?

Encapsulated within the human condition, is the universal awareness of inevitable death, whereby the fear of death challenges individuals psychologically and emotionally to consequently instigate the aspiration for a purposeful life. Thus, the desire to discover purpose and achieve fulfilment in life, resultant of the distress of eventual death, compels individuals to find meaning through the enhancement of genuine affiliations with others and the surroundings and achieve self-actualisation through spiritual enlightenment. This trepidation of imminent death, resonates powerfully within the Selected Poetry of Emily Dickinson, and Brené Browne’s speech on
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In light of this, the dissipation of the fear of death is portrayed by Dickinson within “I had been hungry all these years”,whereby the speaker expresses the importance of natural connections by demonstrating the innate ability to have genuine affiliations through spiritual enlightenment, as her self-actualisation clarifies her ambivalence towards institutionalised religion and helps develop a sense of belonging to nature. The intrinsic ability to form a sense of companionship towards nature and prompt the self-fulfilment that reduces the fear of death through spiritual awakenings, is conveyed through the ubiquity of allusions to nature, in particular, the metaphor of being in “Nature’s dining room” - ultimately expressing the bond with nature through the speaker’s acceptance of transcendental ideology and rejection of Christian faith Provided this, the illustration of her self-actualisation through a spiritual connection with nature, rather than an institutionalised religious connection controlled by the society, exhibits how self-fulfilment dissipates the fears of death, while futile conformity does not. Additionally, Dickinson is able to depict her moment of self actualisation through her stanza structure, for which the reinforcement of her original desire for a spiritual awakening through the Christian faith is developed by the motif of “hunger” within the first three stanzas, until the penultimate stanza, where she faces an epiphany where “The plenty hurt” - a reference to the speaker’s realisation of her inability to be integrated within a religion that revolves around the sceptical concept of immortality which cannot provide solace for her fears of dying. Similarly, Brené Browne’s speech also explores the

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