Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Death personified - question for readers

I'm reading The Book Thief right now and the narrator of the book is Death. The only other book I've read that comes to mind where Death is anthropomorphized is Piers Anthony's On A Pale Horse. In film, Brad Pitt plays Death in Meet Joe Black. Can anyone else think of instances in 20th Century literature (I know the concept is more frequent in older literature) or movies where Death is a being?


jtorrey13 said...

Literature, no, but "Bill and Ted's Bogus Adventure," yes. Also "The Seventh Seal."

Mark's Ephemera said...

In Monty Python's "Meaning of Life" there is a scene with Death. Very funny.

** Language Alert: The scene does contain language that some might not feel is appropriate for younger viewers. That, and the whole concept of Death might be a bit too much for them. But it is darn funny.

Anonymous said...

On Borrowed Time (1939)

The film was adapted from the popular 1938 Broadway Play. It stared Lionel Barrymore but I loved Cedric Hardwicke's, "Mr Brink". He had the perfect voice for Death.

jj said...

Hey Jon, I was stalking you on google to see if you had a blog or such. Found your website and this blog. The character of death is an apt narrator for this disturbing, albeit well-written book. See ya at the library!