Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's Song Of Myself And Emily Dickinson 's Poem

1785 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
Class is a very powerful system in America’s society that divides people into categories based on social and/or economic statuses. Within classes, there are a set of boundaries and characteristics, that identify individuals accordingly. There are three major known classes existing in America today that are the upper, middle, and working class. As suggested by the names, the list goes from wealthiest to poorest classifications. Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Emily Dickinson 's poem “Some keep the Sabbath going to Church,” are two examples of how class affects individual’s lifestyles and personality. Both works offer perspectives on how themes of class are manifested in American life through social norms such as (in)equality and unity. In each social class status there are characteristics that can be easily identified from group to group such as low or high income, well-taken care of neighborhoods, and possessions (e.g. people, things, degrees, legacies, etc.) that contribute to the norms of the particular class status an individual is in. For example, in section 17 of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” it is safe to say that Whitman suggests that all individuals have the same metacognition; people pertaining to a specific class all think the same and act thereof: “If they are not yours as much as mine they are nothing, or next to nothing” (line 365). The idea here is that there are class boundaries that all members are aware of and presumably fall within. Everyone…

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