Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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Fight the Inevitable

Thesis: In the Poem, “Do not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, The writer pleads to his father to refute against the coming of his inevitable death, by contrasting how the wise, good, wild, and grave men do not accept their fate, but fight to keep their fire ablaze. Thomas uses the men to encourage his dad by contrasting the different walks of life each have come from but all still fight to live on, when faced with the end. Dylan Thomas begins by challenging his father to fight the coming of darkness, by contrasting the wise and good men in the world, those who live fruitful lives, and how they respond to the coming of the night. These courageous men, although knowing that death is a part of life, refuse
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The word “rage” is used to encourage one to roar and battle during the final hours of one’s life. The stanza ends with Thomas comparing death, to the “dying of a light”. The second stanza brings in the mindset of a perceptive man, where he knows that “dark is right”, however they do not heed their words because they have “forked no lighting”, and they too fight “that good night.” (Thomas 4-6) Thomas shows that even a wise man knows death is just. He uses the words “dark is right” to display that well education men know that death is a part of life. However, he continues with the words “forked no lighting” showing that even they men who teach that death is unviable, still fight to prevent “that good night.” In the third stanza, the author compares a good man’s life to a crashing wave in the words “Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay.” (Thomas 7-8) The words “last wave …show more content…
These cowardly men, knowing death is impossible to escape still try to fight the night. Shifting to “the wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, and learn, too late, they grieved it on its way.” (Thomas 10-12) The words “caught and sang the sun in flight” are used to bring the comparison of a life span to the cycle of a day back. These men engrossed in the idea they are celebration life are unable to see their mistake until it is too late. It also implies that a life moves quick and is too short. They quickly discover that the world is losing its glimmer around them, seen in the words grieved it on its way.” Yet these men still fight against falling into that goodnight. In the fifth stanza Thomas shifts to a final man, the grave men. These serious men, that are “near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,” (Thomas 13-14) still fight against the dying of their life. He simplifies the language used in this stanza to relate to the serious man, superfluously seen when he simply uses “near death”. These men who are losing their sight, can still use their strength. Instead of their light being put out like a candle, they fight to so their candle can “blaze like meteors.” Finally, he prays that with their blazing

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