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Analysis and comments on Behold, the grave of a wicked man by Stephen Crane

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Comment 4 of 64, added on August 25th, 2005 at 4:46 AM.

There is more to a meaningful life than 'justice'. Whatever that is, that
thing beyond our judgements of right and wrong, that is real justice.
Besides, IF anyone (sane), even one, could weep for someone...

Nimal from Australia
Comment 3 of 64, added on July 12th, 2005 at 12:35 PM.

The key is in the last two lines 'if the spirit is just, why did the maiden
weep'

It is a comment on society and religion and our notions of what we beleive
should happen to someone that is 'wicked' As a society we seek to punish
those who do something we consider wrong (theft, murder, etc.) and fail to
see them as more than a sum of their actions. We are in such a tizzy to
eliminate such things that we don't see them as having lives, families, or
motivations for their actions. In the poem a woman comes to mourn for the
man she lost - but society does not allow that becuase he is a 'wicked man'
and those no one cares for him. Crane is asking if removing someone so far
from emotions and their family is a just thing and asking us to consider
all sides of an individual. Heck, even hitler had parents - don't we give
him more power by villianizing him rather than showing him as an extremely
flawed human being?

MLee from United States
Comment 2 of 64, added on April 17th, 2005 at 10:11 PM.

i think it means the us as humans still love the people that are not
totally worth our affection. I'm not saying that people should not be
loved, but that some people go over the limit and should not be loved for
who they are, but maybe who they were or who they could be. The maid is
weeping because she loved this man, even though he was not a good person.
To love is to greive, and that is what she did, even though it hurt. The
spirit might be the people that try to tell her that she shouldnt be sad,
and that she should let it go. Telling her that he dosent deserve it. Human
love carries on if it is pure, even if it is not always double sided. This
poem is a good poem. Thats what i think. (smile)

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 1 of 64, added on March 30th, 2005 at 10:32 PM.

So any one have any views on this one? Iam still struggling to find a
meaning.

Zack from United States

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Information about Behold, the grave of a wicked man

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 25. Behold, the grave of a wicked man
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: May 4 2011


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