The Romantic Side
Very often we think of Death as a really scary thing... Sometimes, as an "experience" we will ALL have to go through... At other times, as the "state" which is the opposite of "being alive"... For many of us the thought of Death fills us with feelings of "fear, emptiness, despair", as the title of the album released in 1994 by the British band Napalm Death... The truth is that Death (a.k.a. "the D-word") is the great taboo of contemporary society.
Now, is it possible to look at Death from another point of view?
The film Meet Joe Black proves that Death can even have a human or romantic side... Filmed mostly in New York City, the movie stars Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani. It tells the story of Death taking a break from its usual duties and inhabiting the body of a young man in order to learn what it is like to be human. It includes Death's first experiences with simple things like peanut butter and even a romance between "Joe Black" and a young woman (Forlani)...
We also tend to think of Death as being a female... Meet Joe Black not only gives Death a male identity but also a glamorous appearance...
The Funny Side: Black Humour
From the 16th century onwards some people began to see the funny side of death and in the 19th century posthumous humour flourished. Black humour shows us Death can be laughed at... Black humour is a sub-genre of satire in which topics and events that are usually regarded as taboo are treated in a satirical or humorous manner while retaining its seriousness. Themes for black humour include death, suicide, war, terrorism, political conspiracy, insanity, marital infidelity, domestic violence, drugs, HIV and crime.