Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's Life

1384 WordsFeb 25, 20166 Pages
Walt Whitman could be seen as a narcissist because of his confidence in knowing the “ways” of the world. He is confident in his theory that the physical self and the emotional self, or the soul, are equals in all aspects. But I’m unsure if this is such a bad thing, as narcissism has negative connotations. On the other hand, the object of a visionary poet is not to sway people a certain way or impress them but to be able to reveal a moment or feeling in time and share their findings, which Walt does. Through his work he isn’t saying look at me and all I know. He is sharing his self-discovery and soul searching with the reader to show how magical it can be. He shares his uncertainties, what it’s like to love and what it’s like to be at peace with oneself. Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley’s attitudes during their conversation before the grand reveal were snarky at best. Though the women come across as civil, a majority of their conversation entailed back-handed comments regarding the lives the ladies lead. Comparison is the thief of joy and they made sure that cliché rang true. The women exemplified this while discussing their daughters. “Poor” Mrs. Slade wishes ever so much that she could have had a daughter who made mistakes and took risks like Barbara. Why did Jenny have to be so perfect?! The Rosicky family has an ongoing struggle with nature due to their farming background. Their means of income and survival is based on whatever nature is able to provide them with. Their
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