Death In A Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard By Thomas Grey

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Death is a subject many fear. No one seems comfortable with the idea of dying, nor the situation of someone else dying. Why is this? Sure, you could look at it from a religious standpoint and come up with the comfort that the person is either going to Heaven or to Hell. This may comfort you at some point, but what did they leave behind? Besides physical wealth, what will people remember them by? It seems once a person has passed away, the only thing that is remembered is how hard the person worked, how much they contributed to the common good of society. A famous writer and poet seemed to come to this conclusion in the end. Thomas Grey’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard addresses death as being the great equalizer, the simple people are the ones who matter in society, and only certain things are left behind that really matter after death.
Initially, Grey states that death is the great equalizer. Within the first half of the poem, Grey states that everything gained in this world is all for none. In lines 33-36 Grey says, “The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave, Awaits alike the inevitable hour, The paths of glory lead but to the grave. “ By this quote the writer suggests no matter what you do in this life,, it will lead to death. Death is unavoidable no matter how much money you accumulate or how many cars you own in life. He calls the “hour” of death “inevitable” or unavoidable. Grey is pointing out that someone may have more belongings than another but when death occurs, none of that matters. The poor man is affected just as much as the rich man.
In addition, Thomas Grey points out that the simple people play a huge role in society. He suggests some of the common people now lying in their graves had ambition that was crushed by reality. “Perhaps...

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