Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blog #7 Death and the True Value of Life

When relating Emily Dickinson’s writings one can see that both “Tell as the truth but tell it slant—“ and “ Success is Counted” is based on the importance and the true meaning of life. The following two writings, “ I heard a Fly buzz—when I died,” “Because I could not stop for Death__” all relate to Death as well as what is left behind in perspective to what we worked towards. Both of these themes revolve around Ernest Hemingway’s “Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.”

In the poem “Tell as the truth but tell it slant--“ Emily Dickinson portrays that not everyone can accept the truth, and that sometimes it is best to bend it. Much like in Ernest Hemingway’s story, “short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” If Francis Macomber’s wife, Margot hadn’t demasculinize him maybe their marriage would have been better. Towards the end of the story just as he was battling the bull, one could tell that he was fighting his fear just as, “every man is blind.” The relationship between Francis and Margot shows that it was Margot’s ruthlessness in telling how much of a coward her husband was that led to his death. Thus one can say that telling the truth about ones flaws is a very large mistake.

In the poem, “Success is Counted,” Emily Dickinson portrays how everyone has a different value for success. What I enjoyed most about this poem was the fact that it can pertain to everyone’s ambitions and goals and can’t be disagreed upon. Everyone has goals in their lives which they wish to ascertain. This was relevant in Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” when Francis was battling the very thing that would restore his manhood, believing that noting in the world has ever made him feel so alive. Just as Dickinson states in the first line, “Success in counted sweetest,” one is able to determine that restoring his honor towards his wife was all the Success he wanted.

Switching the main focus of the theme, Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I heard a Fly buzz—when I died” speaks about what will become of us after we die. To actively support this argument I would like to take into consideration what Francis was thinking after he realized his wife shot him, if given the time. What did he leave to be marked as successful, yes he was in fact rich but being dead they no longer would belonged to him. In result Francis, “signed away what portion” of himself by putting himself into that dangerous situation to win his wife over once again. In doing so he never realized what he gave up in the process.

In the last poem, “Because I could not stop for Death__,” Emily Dickinson portrays that the inevitable is bound to come. Knowing that Francis’ wife hated him so much it was clear that she was going to cheat on him with Wilson, the professional hunter. Margot’s constant demonstration of disapproval goes along with the second stanza of Emily Dickinson’s poem being that they both demonstrate the severity of the situation. The severity of this her actions not only killed him from the outside but previously from the inside as well.

In result Emily Dickinson directly related to Ernest Hemmingway’s short story due to the very descriptive talents that allows the reader to think about it from their own as well as a different people's perspective. She creates a storyline that ultimately teaches you a lesson throughout real situation and I that’s why I enjoyed reading her poems.

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