I need some assistance with these assignment. because i could not stop for death Thank you in advance for the help! Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” begins with the assumption that Death is an individual as the speaker of the poem tells us “He kindly stopped for me” (2). . The genteel way in which this is expressed gives the impression that this Death is not someone to be feared but is instead something along the lines of a suitor. . He picks her up in a carriage complete with a chaperone in the form of Immortality and takes her on a gentle ride. . This is made clear as she points out that “he knew no haste” (5). . Carriage rides were a common activity for the more well-to-do classes to engage in and the way in which Death’s character is described presents this as one of the most wished-for moments in a woman’s life – the ability to go riding with the man of one’s dreams. . Death is so charming and ‘civil’ that the narrator voluntarily and without question put away her labor and leisure in order to go with him in spite of the fact that, moments before, she had been unwilling to acknowledge his calling cards. . Some critics, such as B.N. Raina, feel that Dickinson’s insistence that she could not stop for death indicates she was attempting to place death within the framework of not existing – it is a nonreality that exists only “within the time-bound finite world” rather than the “imaginative infinity of consciousness” (Raina, 1985). . If read in this way, the personification of a Death that “kindly stops for me” can be seen as an instance in which the individual, the idea of the individual, simply stops as in ceases to be in the mind of the speaker. . Understanding him to be simply a different state element of her conscious understanding, the fear of Death is removed from the event, leaving her only with the peaceful and gentle ride to follow. . In giving Death form and figure in this way, she has personified the idea of Death into a more gentle, more graceful, more loving figure than it is typically portrayed as being.