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Emily Dickinsons poems Because I Could Not Stop For Death and I Heard A Fly Buzz-When I Died are both about one of lifes few certainties death However that is where the similarities end Although Dickinson wrote both poems their ideas about what lies after death differ In one there appears to be life after death but in the other there is nothing A number of clues in each piece help to determine which poem believes in what The clues in I heard a Fly buzz-when I died point to a disbelief in an afterlife In this poem a woman is lying in bed with her family or friends standing all around waiting for her to die While the family is waiting for her to pass on she is waiting for the King This symbolizes some sort of god that will take her away As the woman dies her eyes or windows as they are referred to in the poem fail and then she could not see to see- As she died she saw the light but then her eyes or windows failed and she saw nothing This is the suggestion of there being no afterlife The womans soul drifted off into nothingness because there was no afterlife for it to travel to This is the complete opposite belief about afterlife in Dickinsons other poem Because I Could Not Stop for Death In the piece Because I Could Not Stop For Death Dickinson tells the story of a woman who is being taken away by Death The speaker in the poem clearly states that she will not stop for Death but that it will have to come and get her This is illustrated in the second line of the poem Because I could not stop for Death- He kindly stopped for me The Carriage held but just Ourselves-And Immortality The idea of immortality is the first indication that this poem believes in
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