Essay about A Woman Waits For Me, By Walt Whitman

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In a community, individuals come together under shared beliefs and live “in association with others,” (OED). With the understanding of each other’s abilities, certain individuals have ownership of responsibilities in order to advance the community. As seen in Walt Whitman’s poem “A Woman Waits for Me,” the community develops into one, which divides these responsibilities between genders. Therefore, the community expects certain actions and results of the separate genders; creating gender roles. In the poem, Whitman exemplifies a community who expects men to be active, powerful members of society who use women as a vehicle for their own success. The only power women are granted by the community is when they are the counterparts of men. By looking closely at the particular words, phrases, and sentence structure of the poem’s last stanza, Whitman portrays a community that determines men to be active participants and women to be passive participants in the community. In the community, men are active, powerful individuals. During the last stanza of the poem, Whitman writes twelve different action verbs attributed to persons. Out of those verbs, every single one of them is attributed to a man’s actions. According to Whitman, men have the ability to do a wide-variety of actions. However, when looking closely at the particular actions of men, the activities are imbued in power. The male narrator “demands” and “expects.” Both strong words having connotations of stressing…

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