Mexican traditions Essay

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mexican traditions






Thanatopsis
By William Cullen Bryant

When people ponder death they wonder about the unknown with trepidation. As a young man,
William Cullen Bryant wrote the “Thanatopsis.” His thoughts progress from the
fear of death to the acceptance of the event. People should not fear death because
everyone dies and becomes a part of nature.


A person should live life without fearing death and think of death as a pleasant rest. In
the poem Bryant says, “When thoughts/Of the last bitter hour come like a blight/Over
thy spirit,”(8-15). This quote implies when a person fears death he should listen to
nature. He also states, “So live, that when the thy summons come to join/The
innumerable caravans, …Thou go not, like a quarry-slave at night, /Scourged to his
dungeon.”(73-78). He explains here that a person should live life without fearing
death. In the following lines the poet states, “approach thy grave, /Like one who
wraps the drapery of his couch/About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.”(79-81).
By this quote the author is saying a person should think of death as a pleasant rest.
Bryant says fearing death is a useless energy.


Death is a natural event, and everyone dies. An excerpt from the poem says, “Yet not
to thy eternal resting-place/Shalt thou retire alone, …Thou shalt lie down/With
patriarchs of the infant world –with kings, …”(31-37). This quote
explains that when people die they are not alone; they lie down to rest with the people of
the past. Later in the poem Bryant states, “All that breathe/Will share thy destiny.
The gay will laugh/When thou art gone, the solemn brood of care/Plod on, and each one as
before will chase/His favorite phantom;” (60-64). He explains that all living things
die and that life will continue after they die. In a following selection of the poem he
says, “Yet these shall leave…And make their bed with thee…. matron and
maid, /The speechless babe, and the gray-headed man-/Shall one by one be gathered to thy
side, /By those, who in their turn shall follow them.”(64-72). He states that one by
one everyone will die. Eventually, everyone dies, and they live on through Nature in
another form.


Although a person loses individuality at death, he becomes a part of nature. Bryant says
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