Theme: Mortality vs. Immortality

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Because I Could Not Stop for Death Theme

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Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify themes and symbols from the poem, and support their choices with details from the text.

As a classroom activity, students can track the rich thematic and symbolic writing Dickinson uses in her poetry. In the example storyboard above, the creator has focused on the theme of “Mortality vs. Immortality” in the poem.


Mortality vs. Immortality

Each line of the poem contains aspects of both life and death. Because of the repetition of these ideas using word choice, tone, and attitude, it is clear that this is the major theme of the poem.

Evidence of Mortality and Immortality are seen throughout the poem. The speaker's entire outlook on death and the mention of “Immortality” in the first stanza lead to the idea that she believes in an afterlife. Life after death is a sort of immortality, though not in the sense many might desire. In the last stanza, she uses the word “Eternity” to describe what she has just come to understand. She remains calm and has a ponderous tone as she recalls the ride she just took after realizing that she is actually deceased.



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Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in "Because I Could Not Stop for Death". Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" you wish to include and replace the "Theme 1" text.
  3. Create an image for the example(s) that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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