January 23, 2013
“What do we say to the Lord of Death? Not today.” Many people try to run away
from death as if it was something we can stop from happening. In fact we can’t, it is the
only thing guaranteed to us in this life. “Appointment in Samarra” and “Godfather Death”
are very good examples of this irony, they both talk about running away from the
character Death. Even though “Appointment in Samarra” is very analogous to “Godfather
Death” they share quite a few differences, though the authors’ use of language, ending,
In “Appointment in Samarra” Maugham uses assertive language that depicts Death
in a negative way. He lets the reader know through his language the kind of fear the
character Death emits to the Merchant. “She looked at me and made a threatening
gesture…Death will not find me.”(Maugham 1). The reader can pinpoint with this fear
and understand the story better. On the other hand, in “Godfather Death” the character
welcomes Death in a normal manner, he isn’t afraid of having Death in front of him.
Also, the poor man wasn’t afraid to bluff Death the first nor the second time he was
performing the surgeries.
Every story has an ending, in “Appointment in Samarra” the Merchant thinks he is
getting away from his fate, Death but in fact he is actually running to it. It is very ironic
because Maugham mentions that Death was actually surprised that he had gone back to
Samarra where she had an appointment with him. On the contrary, in “Godfather Death”
the poor man knew there was going to be consequences to his actions, which he had been
warned about. Death told him to let the patient die if Death itself was standing by their
feet, and the poor man disobeyed him twice, he knew what he was getting into.
The plot of these stories varies in...