Life Term Paper

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Life’s End

Life is like Coca-Cola. It is greatly anticipated when brought forth, greatly enjoyed
during its existence, and greatly missed when it’s gone. As in “Do Not Go
Gently In that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, many people get to the end of their
lives and only then do they realize what they have missed. They realize that there is
something that they just did not do in life and they try to do that thing before
life’s end.

The poem is based around five people. There is a wise man, a good man, a wild man, a grave
man, and a father. For some reason, others more obvious than the ones before them, they
have reached life’s end. They are about to pass on into the next life; however,
before they can pass on they each have some issue or loss in life that they must fix.

The first example in poem is the wise man. Wisdom is often associated with age and
maturity. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word wisdom means "the
accumulated philosophic or scientific learning, the ability to discern inner qualities and
relationships". It also means "good sense, generally accepted belief, a wise attitude or
course of action and the teachings of the ancient wise men". If that is true then what
does one so keen, so aware of how living things must cease to live, have to fix?

Dylan Thomas appears to be telling us that wise men fear that they have not given their
wisdom to others appropriately. It seems that wise men worry that all the wisdom they have
accumulated over the many years of their existence was of no matter. Thomas has an
eloquent way of phrasing things, “Though wise men at their end know dark is right
Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good
night” (Thomas ll. 1-6).

To reiterate my point Thomas used the term of forked lightning this represents the wise
men's words. Lightning has been associated with God like activities since forever. For
instance, in Greek mythos there were many Gods. The king of the Gods was named Zeus. When
Zeus wanted to get the attention of someone or wanted to prove his authority he would use
lightning. So when the wise men had forked no lightning it meant that they cold not get
the attention of anyone.

The second person in the poem is the good man. Good, like bad, have different meanings for
different people. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar the character in
the story Mark Anthony said, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft
interred with their bones” (Shakespeare 876). Good men according to Thomas are so
because of the deeds they do. Their problems are always put into the background as they go
forward to help others.

The good people are heroes. They do things that are to be expected to be done and do not
ask for reward. Thomas says “Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright / Their
frail deeds might have danced in a green bay” (Thomas ll. 7-8). In these lines it
seems that Thomas is also saying that only at life’s end were they boastful and
maybe if they lived a little for themselves their life would not have been a waste.

The wild man is third character in the poem. Wildness is often associated with being
carefree. The lack of caring and adventure are great, but soon the realization that when
you live for the next minute time passes by and the moment is lost. You must cherish each
moment for the next moment may be your last. Also you must take time to see what is going
on around you and not look toward the future.

In the movie Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the character Qui-Gon Jinn has a
dialogue with another character in the movie, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Qui-Gon says, “Keep
your concentration here and now where it belongs.” Obi-Won ponders by saying,
“But Master Yoda said I should be mindful of the future.” Qui-Gon ends the
conversation by saying, “But not at the expense of the moment” (Lucas).

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