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Out, out brief candle. Frost clearly uses a quote from Macbeths speech as his title. How are his poem and Macbeths speech connected?

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Write a thoughtful and coherent one-paragraph response to each of the two questions below 1) Frost clearly uses a quote from Macbeth's speech as his title. How are his poem and Macbeth's speech connected? How does Frost pick up on and amplify the theme(s) of Macbeth's speech? In poetic language, a candle is symbolic for the heat that burns in life. Robert Frost uses a quote from Macbeth speech, "Out, Out brief candle" as part of his title. This line is said by Macbeth when he finds out that his wife has died comparing her life, and everyone else's, to that of a candle- brief and meaningless. In Macbeth's speech, the strutting represents the joys of life and frets represents the struggles of life and both of which are meaningless due to the shortness of life. Frost uses the same theme in his poem as the way Macbeth treats death without rage, tears, or wailing is similar to the young man's family's way. ...read more.

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The boy notices brevity or shortness of human life: Bearing this in mind, the poem can be read as a critique as to how warfare can force innocent, young boys to leave their childhood behind, and ultimately be destroyed by circumstances created by the 'responsible' adult. This is the third factual image that suggests the poet understands that it was unnatural to overwork the boy. Frost thinks the family over-used their son and deprived or robbed him of his childhood. The theme of this poem is that it is wrong to deny children their childhood: 'the half hour that a boy counts so much when saved from work'. The theme of this poem is the consequences of forcing a boy to do man's work: 'Doing a man's work, though a child at heart'. Dylan Thomas 'Out, Out-' by Robert Frost Robert Frost The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood, Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Then the boy saw all- Since he was old enough to know, big boy Doing a man's work, though a child at heart- He saw all was spoiled. 'Don't let him cut my hand off- The doctor, when he comes. Don't let him, sister!' So. But the hand was gone already. The doctor put him in the dark of ether. He lay and puffed his lips out with his breath. And then-the watcher at his pulse took fright. No one believed. They listened to his heart. Little-less-nothing!-and that ended it. No more to build on there. And they, since they Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs. Macbeth: To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, 19-28 ...read more.

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