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Death (the Grim reaper)

Post by Spooky_Zalost on Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:09 pm

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"The concept of death as a sentient entity has existed in many societies since the beginning of history. In English, Death is often given the name Grim Reaper and, from the 15th century onwards, came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood. It is also given the name of the Angel of Death or Devil of Death or the angel of dark and light (Hebrew: מַלְאַךְ הַמָּוֶת‎‎ Malach HaMavet) stemming from the Bible.

In some cases, the Grim Reaper is able to actually cause the victim's death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one's life, such as in the case of Sisyphus. Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving to sever the last ties between the soul and the body and to guide the deceased to the next world without having any control over the fact of the victim's death.

In many languages (including English), Death is personified in male form, while in others, it is perceived as a female character (for instance, in Slavic languages)."

ok so lets talk about the Grim reaper.

A personified character of Death has recurred many times in popular fiction. The character can be found in early pieces, such as the fifteenth century morality play Everyman.

In the present day, death is portrayed in many mediums of popular fiction. One of the most iconic portrayals is that of the 1957 film The Seventh Seal, by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. In it is one of the most influential (and heavily symbolic) movie depictions of Death in the modern use of sound cinema history. In the collective scene, a medieval knight (Max Von Sydow) returning from a crusade plays a game of chess with Death, with the knight's life depending upon the outcome of the game. American film critic Roger Ebert remarked that this image "[is] so perfect it has survived countless parodies."

During World War II imagery of Death was used in Allied animation films and posters for propaganda.

In Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, Death is personified as a gentle, cynical observer of the Holocaust, and narrates the story of one girl's life.

An atypical personification of Death appears in The Sandman, a series of comic books written by Neil Gaiman, in which Death, one of the Endless, is depicted as a woman whose image and attire change to match with the human styles of the times.

Another appearance of Death in popular fiction, is in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels. The character of Death has appeared in almost every one of the series' 36 books. Donal Clarke of the Irish Times called Death the most famous of Pratchett's characters and said that this version is "somewhat less fearsome than the version of the character in, say, Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal." Terry Pratchett expands upon the idea that Death has, over time, taken on the traits of humanity, even to the point of having emotions and meddling in human (or human related) affairs. Terry Pratchett's Death tends to be philosophical and logical, and although he tries, Death often fails to understand humans.

The personification of death was also a main character in the children's cartoon "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" under the name Grim. He is portrayed as a living skeleton dressed in a long black, hooded cloak, and carrying a scythe which holds most of his powers. After losing a bet with the two children, Billy and Mandy, he is forced to become their best friend forever. His role, and the show overall, is purely comical, while poking fun at various myths and legends, as well as modern day current events.

The Grim Reaper was known as, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in the Charles Dickens novel book, entitled A Christmas Carol.

An angel of death named Andrew appeared on the long-running drama series Touched by an Angel.

Death often appears on the science-fiction series Supernatural, personified as on aged man with a taste for fast food.

In Dead Like Me, the Grim Reaper is actually many "Grim Reapers". And "a Reaper's job is to remove the souls of people, preferably just before they die, and escort them until they move on into their afterlife.

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Re: Death (the Grim reaper)

Post by brian48 on Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:20 pm

very good post here leo !
I know for sure micky would love this (reaper)
if we can ever convince him to join this site..
Strong effort here !

thanks a lot brian
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Death(reaper)

Post by Lot Creator on Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:30 pm

I have known very little of the death reaper... more like, I thought he was a madman who was cursed and hruns around with a saw-knive. Razz But this article gave me an idea of who he is(or was). I am going to attempt to fill this section with more info and might start today.
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