Today, however, is a quick inspirational look at the anthropomorphic version of Death our guest poster Jaqueline Kyle today.
Death and Dickens
This Halloween you may be thinking of dressing up as Death: the shadowy figure with the sickle, the cowl robe, the invisible face and the skeletal fingers. If you do, give a little nod to Charles Dickens.
The term “Grim Reaper” wasn’t coined until 1847, but what we visualize as the Grim Reaper is actually Dickens’ Ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come, from his 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol. Since then the character has evolved, gaining a face, a scythe and several movie deals.
Here are some modern takes on Death since Dickens:
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come from A Christmas Carol:
Death plays a game of chess in The Seventh Seal
Homicidal Maniac dressed as Death in Scream:
George from Dead Like Me:
Death in Family Guy
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come from Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter
It really is interesting that Charles Dickens’ original imagining of Death has stayed in our imaginations for so long.
Jaqueline Kyle once stood on top of an active nuclear reactor. It glowed. She dove the Great Barrier Reef and the fish swarmed to check HER out. On her 16th birthday she flew a plane solo – just to enjoy the view. She once ran a marathon – because it was faster than walking. When she bungee jumps, she always goes first, so her friends can jump off the bridge after her. Jaqueline Kyle is not the most interesting man in the world – because she’s a woman.
Her most recent book, Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter is available for purchase via Amazon or at your local bookstore.