Chs . 18-19. How does the unity achieved in Ch. 17 disintegrate and why ? (See beginning of Chapter 18) What do you make of the skull and where it appears in the chapter?. Vanitas.
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In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with still lifepaintingin the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. The Latin word means "vanity" and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. Common vanitas symbols include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death