The newly married woman should all of her life around her. But death has other plans. The woman's husband tries vainly to divert her attention from death, who is beating a drum, leading her to her doom.
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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.