What Is Andrew Hulgins Attitude To Death

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In Andrew Hudgins Elegy for My Father, Who Is Not Dead, the speaker of the poem shows the audience the contrasting views his father and him have towards death. Although an elegy, it is unique in the manner that the speaker mourns what is to come for his father, but he also mourns what is to come for him. The speaker’s view is not as optimistic as his father's, who views the possibility of an afterlife as something magnificent. The son in this poem holds a certain anxiety towards death, as he is not completely inviting to it. The father's religious views are what makes him look at death as something more comfortable, rather than unpleasing to the soul. In the poem Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, Thomas argues that old men should viciously put up a fight towards death. They should not just remain at ease because they know that death is, more often than not, associated with old age; the speaker emphasizes that their last days should be filled with a sense of carpe diem. Unlike Hudgins, Thomas views death as something that is a "good night"(1,6,12,18), but he wants all the men to not simply give up on life, even though theirs is coming to an end.

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