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Suicide’s Note


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Suicide’s Note

  1. 1. Suicide’s NoteLangston Hughes<br />Analysis and Interpretation <br />By Marlo Murphy <br />
  2. 2. Suicide’s Note <br />Thecalm,<br /> Coolface of the river<br />Asked me for a kiss. <br />
  3. 3. Alliteration<br />Repetition of the “k” sound.<br />Soothing/ comforting sound.<br />Creates a tranquil atmosphere. <br />Allows the reader to share in the feelings of relief that the speaker experienced. <br />Almost takes away from the horrific tragedy that the poem is actually about because it creates a false sense of security or relief, much like suicide does.<br />
  4. 4. Personification<br />The river is personified. <br />The river is given the human ability to speak when the speaker states that the river asked him for a kiss.<br />It is reflected as a person when the speaker mentions the face of the river.<br />By setting the river up with human attributes it allows the river to play a role in the speaker’s death.<br />The suicidetakes some of the responsibility for the speaker’s actions almost as if the reader was simply granting the river its wish. <br />Rivers are reflective thus the face of the river could be the face of the speaker and the speaker could be suicide itself .<br />
  5. 5. Diction<br />Selection of words.<br />Calm, cool, and kiss all imply comforting sensations.<br />Conjures emotions associated with relief, happiness, and serenity.<br />It is evident that the speaker felt these emotions at the time of his death.<br />
  6. 6. What is the poem’s purpose?<br /><ul><li>To answer the question why.
  7. 7. The poem attempts to understand the incomprehensible nature of suicide.
  8. 8. A suicide note answers the question why, yet the reader is still left with a plethora of questions and overwhelming emotions thus indicating the lack of control the speaker had over his suicide.
  9. 9. The title of the poem is Suicide’s Note not to be confused with A Suicide Note.
  10. 10. The possession of the note is given to suicide so technically suicide itself is leaving this note to answer the question of why.</li></li></ul><li>How fully does the poem accomplish its purpose?<br />The poem accomplishes its purpose as fully as possible regarding suicide.<br />The brief lines of the poem give the simple answer, “the river asked me for a kiss”. So technically it answers the question why, but much like a suicide note, it does not begin to scratch the surface of the actuality of why.<br />A suicide note may simply offer an answer but in reality it could never answer all the questions the reader would have when attempting to grasp the concept of suicide. <br />Both the poem and a suicide note are short and concise. The poem does not contain excess words. <br />The poem does not use bombast language or overly emotional words, it simply states why.<br />
  11. 11. How important is this purpose?<br />Personally I would say this purpose is extremely important because someone who has been affected by suicide may be able to relate to this poem and for those who have not been dealt with the pain of a loved one committing taking their own life this poem offers the explanation that suicide is so tragic and the pain is so inexpressible yet it contrasts those emotions with the calm feelings that the person who committed suicide may have experienced right before their death. <br />Langston Hughes attempts to grapple with the tragedy of suicide and in doing so it is evident through this poem that a suicide note or suicide itself can never fully answer the question of why someone chooses to end their life. <br />The poem illustrates how incredibly delicate and horrific suicide truly is.<br />Although some may say the poem was too short to even begin to explain suicide I believe that is exactly the point. Through the brevity of the poem and the softness of the words it leaves the reader with many conflicting emotions and demonstrates the incomprehensible nature of suicide.<br />
  12. 12. Incomprehensible<br />Relief<br />Suffering<br />…asked me for a kiss<br />Tragedy<br />Serenity<br />