The Danger Of Death By Voltaire Essay

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Voltaire, one of the greatest philosophical minds in history, once said ,“I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life.” The imminent fate of death has plagued humanity since the dawn of time and has always been the source of an endless plethora of questions with no answers. These questions become more and more badgering to men as they approach the twilight of their life. Different attitudes have been taken towards the face of mortality and some of these philosophies have become the center of important pieces of literature. Such literature like “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”, place old age as a source of fear, a crippling demise that is joined with loneliness the closer it gets to death and can only be met with a quiet dignity. Other literary works such as “Sailing to Byzantium” on the other hand, explore the quest for immortality and try to fight against death, therefore not succumbing to it. Both characters in the pieces explore the fear of death that comes with old age and present the choices of either accepting death or trying to escape it.
The reality of old age has always been accompanied with the hard truth that it is a time of loss, decline and stigma. Old people are mostly interpreted as a hindrance to society with nothing left to offer, a mere shell of their former selves.This same idea can be seen in Hemingway’s “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”. He evokes that atmosphere of despair and loneliness through stylistic techniques…

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