Katie Lee
Hello! I have a few questions about the following sentence. Could you please explain this to me? “The changes wrought by death are in themselves so sharp and final, and so terrible and melancholy in their consequences, that the thing stands alone in man's experience, and has no parallel upon earth.” 1. “Themselves”: does it mean humankind? 2. “Their consequences”: does it mean consequences brought by changes? 3. “The thing”: what does it mean? Thank you in advance for your help!
Nov 23, 2021 7:11 AM
Answers · 16
1. 'Themselves' here refers to the changes brought about by death. 2. Yes it does mean the consequences brought on by changes. 3. 'the thing' here is a reference to death itself. As someone also said in the comments, it is very poetically worded which is why it can be a bit confusing but it is definitely a reference to death. Hope this helped!
November 23, 2021
Hi K.Lee 1.The changes wrought upon by death' - Themselves is being "personified" (Given life characteristics). 2.The reaction and result of these changes. Yes you are correct. 3.The Changes are personified in the first sentence and thus "The Thing" continues to carry its theme of personification... So the 'thing is still referring to change and its consequences. I hope this helps **,)
November 23, 2021
Jelenchica is right about the first 2. “The thing” is referring to death. It’s poetically worded. It’s difficult to explain why they chose this wording. It gives me a sort of wry, maybe even resentful feeling.
November 23, 2021
Hello, This is how I understood this: - "in themselves", refers to changes, that is, if we talked about singular "the change itself", - "their consequences" refers to changes as well, - "the thing" - I am not sure, but this sentence is a little bit unclear. Maybe I am wrong, but this seems like a comparison to me (so... than...), so the text should continue as "... than the thing alone in man's experience", and it may refer to something intangible, but important. Someone will probably have better explanation for this, after all I am not native English speaker. :) Best regards, Jelena
November 23, 2021
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