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Speaker- “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”

After reading the poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” b !mil
Dickinson" certain traits led me to assume the indi#idual speaking $as a $oman of some
reputation and nobilit from the $ealth upper class% She appeared to ha#e une&pectedl
died" as she $as accompanied on a carriage b Death% 'he $oman" moti#ated b
curiosit" did not gi#e an resistance or struggle since Death $as so courteous and didn(t
seem to be a threat% But as soon as he takes them past the innocence and )o associated
$ith the li#ing and leads her into #er lifeless surroundings" she reali*es the $ould not
reach a destination she e&pected and finall succumbs to her desolate eternit in the
afterlife%
'hese assumptions of her being a recentl deceased $ealth $oman of dignit
and nobleness $ere dra$n from the depiction of her clothing and means of transportation%
She tells of her +gossamer go$n+ and +transparent tippet+" $hich $as not common sleeping
attire for a middle or lo$er class $oman, and also addresses a horse carriage taking her
through her )ourne" a standard means of transportation for men and $omen in the upper-
class% 'he understanding of her death" and a sudden one at that" $as made clear $hen
describing Death(s une&pected stop before her $hen she herself “could not stop” for him,
and their unscheduled )ourne past the “school $here children stro#e” and “passed the
Setting Sun” $as e#ident that the $ere no$ onl spectators of the li#ing% She then feels
a sudden change of scener described as a “-ui#ering and chill” and pause at a “.ouse
that seemed a s$elling on the /round” and a “scarcel #isible” roof that perhaps
resembles her casket and funeral ser#ice% Death seemed to pause for her recognition of no
foreseeable future among the li#ing% .er sense of time after her death $as no longer
e#ident as she describes her sta as long as “Centuries- and et feels shorter than the Da
0she1 first” reali*ed she $as not in an eternal bliss" but eternal nothingness%