Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's ' There Was A Child Went Forth ' Essay

1921 Words Nov 12th, 2015 8 Pages
“There was a child went forth every day; and the first object he looked upon, that object he became,” wrote Walt Whitman in his 1885 poem There was a Child Went Forth. Whitman’s lesser-known poem is about childhood and what influences a child’s growth. He theorized that the first things we are exposed to as children were the things we become as adults. This theory was reflected in the youth of Nazi Germany, who were exposed to National Socialism at an early age. This exposure would later influence them to become dedicated soldiers and dedicated housewives. The youth in 1930’s Germany would witness massive changes. They would come to think of Hitler as their one and only leader. Through a series of political changes and indoctrination they would become what Hitler thought of as the perfect German: strong, devoted to their Führer, and full of Nazi ideologies. These changes were brought about by a concept known as Gleichschaltung.
The German word Gleichschaltung means coordination. In Nazi Germany, it Nazification. The premise behind Gleichschaltung is simple: if it does not follow the Nazi ideal, change it so that it does. Every aspect of 1930 's Germany underwent Gleichschaltung—even the NSDAP itself—to shape Germany into a perfect state: A state that could be prepared for anything, but especially an impending war.
To make the perfect German state some changes had to be made. The party itself needed adjusting. The purging of the SA and Röhm would cast out many issues within…

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