Summary Of The Story ' Appointment Of Samarra ' By W. Somerset Maugham

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Encounter with Death
“I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me.” These are the words of the merchant’s servant in the short story ‘Appointment in Samarra’. In this tale set in the Mid-East, a servant has a chance encounter with the personified version of Death and tries to escape to another village, only for the master to later find out that Death herself was planning on meeting the servant there. The actual date this story was written is unknown, but it was retold in 1933 by W. Somerset Maugham. This fictional piece however, has many lessons that can be drawn from it today. For one, death is not something to be escaped from; once it is a person’s time, nothing he or she can do will postpone it. Another would be of how mortality is something many people are afraid of, and the third is one can never outsmart or outplay fate.
In the story, death is not a stage in life or simply a thing that is intangible. Death is personified as a living, breathing person who speaks. In fact here, Death is the narrator. Throughout ancient history, the Mortality had been represented to be a female figure, as it is in this story. (Personifications) The merchant’s servant meets Death, and out of fear begs his master to take his horse and escape to Samarra. Later one the merchant meets Death and is told that she was surprised to see the servant there at Bagdad. “For I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.” This goes to show how inescapable death truly is. One may think…

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