A Lesson Before Dying Essay If We Must Die If we must die, let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursed lot. If we must die, O let us nobly die, So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain; then even the monsters we defy Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe! Though far outnumbered let us show us brave, And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave? Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back! Death is something that no man or woman looks forward to but the sad truth is that it’s something we all have to face. With that being said, the question goes from will I die one day to how will I die and what will be the legacy that I leave behind? When I die, will people remember me for my great writing like they do Shakespeare or for my bravery and undying desire like they do Dr.
Martin Luther King? God forbid that i’m remembered for something dreadfully negative such as ruining an economy and being openly racist like George Bush, who’s slow reaction to hurricane Katrina only cushions my point, or killing my own daughter and getting away with it like Casey Anthony, who couldn’t even explain how her daughter actually died. If there is one thing for sure it is that no one wants to be remembered a hog. A hog is a person who lived and died with leaving no memories behind.
A person whose biggest accomplishments were learning to walk and talk or a person who was nothing more then a statistic. In the poem “If We Must Die” the conclusion of death being everyone’s eventual destination is the subject but more importantly how your death is justified is the moral. The poem explains that a noble death is far greater then dying a hog so that your blood is not shed in vain. That death should come from the hands of the enemy in good battle and that being outnumbered and overmatched does not justify quitting.
A Lesson Before Dying is about a teenage boy who is found on the wrong side of a crime scene in the wrong period of time. This boy is arrested and given the death penalty by the judge. As the boy waits for the day of his death to approach, he is visited many time by his family and loved ones, who in which he told he was no more then a hog and would die one. Before the end of the book, the boy was convinced that he was a man and a role model and no longer or never was a hog, so he died a man.
The poem “If We Must Die” and the book “A Lesson before dying” both have the same moral in that if we must die, let us die with dignity, not as a hog. Both Jeffrey and The Soldiers were faced with a detrimental crossroads that would either end with them dying with dignity or as failures. They both decided that with honor in dignity was the best way to die and that’s the way that they will be remembered. Work Cited http://www. poemhunter. com/poem/if-we-must-die/