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Critical Lens of

            When people are faced with the death of a loved one they show different feelings and attitudes about the situation and deal with it in many different ways. In both the play Macbeth by Shakespeare and the poem "Stop All the Clocks" by W. H. Auden a certain attitude is conveyed about the death of a loved one.
             In Macbeth by Shakespeare the character Macbeth is faced with the death of his wife and has a very dark and depressing attitude about it. In his soliloquy he says ".and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." showing how his anger towards life and how it can end so suddenly and without warning. Macbeth also personifies life in this soliloquy, saying that "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player." meaning that life is sneaky and sly, and unfair.
             In the poem "Stop All the Clocks" by W. H. Auden the speaker experiences the death of a loved one in a less spiteful way. The speaker conveys the idea that they are more upset about the love they have lost. The whole second stanza of the poem shows how this love was her life, and how she "thought that love would last forever". The poem shows the idea that now that her love has been lost that she is disenchanted with life and how she will not love again in the same way, thus "pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good.".
             Although the character of Macbeth and the speaker of the poem show different attitudes about the love they have lost, they show the same idea - that death is unfair in it's endings and that because of this death, they shall forever remain affected.

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