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Essay, Paragraph or Speech on “Cowards Die Many Times before Death” Complete Essay, Speech for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Cowards Die Many Times before Death

It is well known mat death is the only certainly in this uncertain world. Everything else in this world is unreal, as everything is transitory, including man’s life. Death gets all, kings and paupers, the rich and the poor, the old and the young, the rulers and the ruled, the pious and the sinners, etc. And after death what? Nobody knows. With death ends all, at least the worldly existence. One dies leaving behind all—one’s property, wife, children, parents, relatives and friends.

At the time of death, all of them may be standing around one, but none of them is able to help. They are just silent spectators to the sad event. And this is what makes death poignant, impregnable and fearsome. One may begin to tremble with fear when one is face to face with death. Not only that, a dangerous situation, which may endanger life, scares an individual. Even the thought of death, if one goes on thinking about it, is depressing and may lead to a nervous breakdown.

However, death has another certainty about it, apart from the certainty that it shall come one day. It comes only once in a person’s lifetime. One dies only once and then all is over. But in certain senses, ii may not be exactly true. There are people who die many times during their lifetime before the final death overtakes them. These are cowards. They die several times. Each time they are in a crisis, they die of fear. And how do they virtually die?

After death one is finished, one cannot do anything. The cowards when faced with a dangerous situation become altogether paralysed. They cannot do anything. They cannot take any action. They begin to cringe and crawl in order to save themselves. They hardly remain human beings. Rather they die as human beings.

There are many risks and dangers to human existence and every second in one’s life one is exposed to some sort of danger. Even while one is crossing a road, one is exposed to death by a speeding vehicle. If one begins to be afraid of risks, one would not be able to achieve anything. Even the performance of day-to-day jobs will become impossible. If one fears the risk. But then the cowards begin to shake with fear inside them at every dangerous or adventurous turn their lives may take. All the times they are experiencing the pain of death. They, like other human beings are faced with risky or dangerous situations. But their response to them is incapacitating fear and ignominious defeat at the hands of the force that has created the crisis. And sometimes they actually die, because of their deathly fear which makes them inactive and confused.

There is another category of people who are alive, but who can be called dead as they keep on thinking about the final death. The fear of death makes them unable to live the present. Instead of living each minute, hour and day as it comes to them they spoil it with the depressing thought of death. They are always in the grip of gloom and lack initiative. They cannot do a thing as they are living dead. Or they die every day, every hour, every minute.

Conversely, let us consider those who are not afraid of death. Having accepted death as inevitable, they regard it as a waste of time and energy to brood over it. They go about their business unconcerned about what is sure to happen to everybody. They enjoy life because they accept whatever happens to them. They are able to make the best of the worst and they live every day and every minute. They are the ones who drink life to the lees and are brave, just the opposite of cowards.

It is the brave who are not afraid of danger or death and are able to ward off danger. After all, one has to face a crisis. if one wants to get out of it or overcome it. By closing one’s eyes and sitting tight like a pigeon when it is attacked by a cat, one renders oneself more vulnerable to the damage or harm. The incident of an attendant of Corbett Park, being attacked by a leopard is illuminating. Having gone to the jungle with his colleague, with an elephant each, to collect fodder for the elephants, he was dragged down hush the tree by a ferocious leopard. The leopard sat on his chest and began to chew his head. The skin of the head peeled off and it bled profusely. Even as the beast was sitting on his chest, he began to pound the beast’s face with his fists. Then he put his arm into the beast’s mouth and tried to prevent him from chewing him. Though his resistance was not of much help yet the leopard got off his body and crouched at a little distance waiting to pounce on him again. In the meantime exhorted by his friend, he began to slowly crawl towards his elephant, though he was in acute pain, lie managed to get near his elephant that then threw him on to its back and ran. He was hospitalised at the AIIMS and he recovered. Now, if in his place, had there been a coward, he would have been completely nerved by fear and the beast would have eaten him up.

Cowards die in another sense too. When faced with a dangerous situation, they behave in an undignified manner. They either turn tail and run for their dear lives, or submit to the most humiliating terms and conditions, laid down for securing their pardon. They lose their respect in the eyes of others and also in their own eyes. They become hateful to themselves. A person who has fallen in his own eyes is not alive. All the time he is inwardly cursing and blaming him. For him there is no cheer, no enjoyment, no happiness. He, as such, dies each time he sheds his self-respect while facing a crisis. And this happens many times. So, the moral of-the proverb is not to be a coward, and therefore, not to die many times before the final death. It should be realised that, after all, death is common to all. Then why worry about it?

Death has to come one day and nothing can be done to prevent it. Then why brood over it? Isn’t it better to behave like a man? And isn’t it more advisable to live life as it comes to us? We don’t achieve anything by being afraid of crisis. Then why act like a coward and lose ones self-respect? Be brave and you will live in senses more than one. Be a coward and you die. And die not once but many times.


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