What Is The Theme Of The Poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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We all have regrets in life, but the way we learn from these regrets can have a different impact on the way we live. As humans we are not perfect, and we make mistakes that can lead to becoming regrets in our lives. We have two choices in life: we can look at our regrets and cry over it, or we can look at our regrets and learn from it. We can really see how different types of people have different regrets in life through Dylan Thomas’ poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”. Although the narrator acknowledged that different types of lives result in different regrets, he wants his father to fight until the end so that he can look at each person’s life and learn from their regrets. The narrator urges people to not give into death: “Do …show more content…
The first type of person described by the narrator is the “wise men” (4). The wise men “at the end know dark is right” (4), but they refuse to give into death “because their words had forked no lighting” (5). Thomas describes the wise men to have regrets that they could have enlightened more people but “their words had forked no lightning” (5), meaning that their words didn’t really have an impact in the society and left no legacy behind. Since these men are wise, they probably knew better than anyone that as humans, we are all meant to die, but their stubbornness to be successful in life kept them away from giving into death. The narrator finished this stanza with “do not go gentle into that good night” (6) stating that since the wise men lived a life with regrets, he should not give into death easily and try to fight until the end to live a life with no regrets. These wise men want to continue to live life in order to become somebody recognizable to the world. They feel as if the effort they put into their studies can be seen as a waste when they die because the knowledge that they contained was not fully passed onto the next generation. The author wants his father to learn to not give into life until he has spread all his knowledge and has left a legacy for others to …show more content…
The good men can be seen as someone that has volunteered in the community and has done many things in life to help out others, but the narrator describes these good deeds to be “frail” (8). Since these deeds were frail, the good men regret not making a greater impact in society. The deeds done by the good men will not be remembered by others because the impacts of those deeds were not memorable enough. Just like the wise men, the good men feel as if they did not do anything that will make them be remembered by the world. The good men feel as if he lived a good life, but has gained nothing from living a good life. When a person thinks of a good person, one would believe that they have lived a life with no regrets, but the fact that the narrator uses the word “frail” (8) to describe the deeds of the good men shows that many people put the image of being a good person, yet in reality, they have done nothing but show on the outside that they have done something. They feel this emptiness inside because the reality is that their outside might be full of compliments and work that they have done, on the inside they know that they never put their all into what they did. Through the good men, the author wants his father to replace all his frail deeds and actually do something meaningful that can have an impact in

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