Death Becomes Death Essay

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Death becomes Death
In reality all we can expect in life as the living is that one day we will all die. Even if we are Oprah Winfrey with all her chartable giving’s or Adolf Hitler and his many victims who faced death, having their race nearly annulated, we all die someday. We do not have the means to speak, plead, trick, and or even bargain with this indestructible force. We cannot touch, feel, see, fight, wrestle, or even make love to death. However in many fictional stories, drama, parables, comedies and other styles literature death is brought to life and becomes “Death”. “During the times that Death has manifested itself on the physical plane, it often takes the form of a skeletal female; however, the body Death chooses to manifest as can be in any form or size.”(marvel) These various forms and sizes consist of many different characteristics such in Darren Shan’s The Demonata Death is characterized as being known as the Shadow which is a large octopus, kraken like creature sown together by the shadows of the dead that it had collected through out all time. Other forms consist of female lover to the immortal marvel character Deadpool, also female character in Neil Gamins story The Sandman, or the other very common form the cruel, dark, lifeless; man only made of bone the Grim Reaper. Either way all these faces of death can believed to given a body weather then just being a force is to interpret in fiction how we as humans in reality try to manipulate, trick, fight and make various means of contact with death as if it were a living being but it is unstoppable; fiction can proves by always seeming to make Death as a character stronger, immortal, cunning, and or bigger then any human can face; simply no matter what shape form or fashion you cant run away from death or Death.
Many of these stories that bring reality’s impending force to life in fiction are fables. In which these fables can be described as,
A brief, often humorous narrative told to illustrate a moral. The characters in a fable are often animals that represent specific human qualities. An ant, for example, may represent a hard-working type of person, or lion nobility. But fables can also present human character. (Kennedy 6)
However in such stories as the following a human has the characteristics and abilities of the force of death. This idea can be clearly proven in the 1933 story The Appointment in Samarra by W. Somerset Maugham which is told as follows,
There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture, now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant...

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