Dance of Death: The Soldier

A soldier is fighting an unequal battle against death, trying to hold him off with a sword. Meanwhile his death simply strikes him with a bone, while another death leads a company of soldiers into battle and to their doom. The bodies of his companions who have already fallen lie scattered on the ground.

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Dance of Death

Dance of Death

The Dance of Death is an important allegory commenting on human mortality and the passing transience of life. It depicts Death as a fairly jovial skeleton armed with a scythe, who invites his victims to a dance which invariably ends in their demise. The point of the allegory is that no one can refuse its invitation to the dance: hgh church officials, kings or paupers, all must dance and eventually die.