Analysis Of I Sing The Body Electric, By Walt Whitman Essays

826 Words Oct 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Gender and equality have been a hot topic of debate in past decades. For thousands of years, society has believed that women’s status should be inferior to a man’s status and this belief has continued on into today’s modernized society. More specifically, women’s role in society has been to create a family at home, while the man of the household has many possible opportunities in the world outside of the home. In his poem, I Sing the Body Electric, Walt Whitman seemingly perpetuates the idea that a man has more value in his body than a woman. I Sing the Body Electric uses a division between man and woman by role to reinforce the idea of gender inequality and suggests that while our bodies, at their core, are equal, our roles in life are not. Whitman states in his poem, “if any thing is sacred the human body is sacred” (250). In this quote, the core issue he is hinting towards seems to be that all human bodies are sacred, no matter what form they take. Whitman takes this stance throughout the poem and seemingly is trying to communicate the idea that both the male and female body are equally venerated. While Whitman does say that “[the bodies] are exactly the same to all in all nations and times all over earth,” there is a certain degree to which the reader wonders if this is really the message that Whitman is portraying to his readers (256). If man and woman are truly created equal, why must the two be separated by traditional gender roles and have different emphasizes…

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