The Individual In Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself

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Semester Final: “The Individual” Essay

Why do most of the people in society conform to the ideal rules and expectations of one’s behavior and lifestyle? Why do we limit ourselves to follow society rather than being our own individual self? Mark Twain in, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, portrays the white society as hypocrites and reveals Huck’s character to be honest and truthful. Huck is an uneducated 14 year-old white boy and reveals the hypocrisy of white “civilized” society by speaking the truth on their lack of moral. Similarly, Walt Whitman in the free verse poem, “Song of Myself” in the collection, Leaves of Grass, published in 1855, Whitman emphasizes the notion of equality in the universe for all individuals and uses visual
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Whitman communicates that every human being come from the same thing; no matter how different or superior individuals may think they may be, we are one. In Whitman’s view, “For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you… My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air, Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same…” (ll. 3, 6-7). This quote portrays that everyone in unified in the most basic level; the discussion of Whitman is in fact addressing the larger matter of equality. In other words, no being shall be privileged or underprivileged or disadvantaged for the color of their skin or their lifestyle. Additionally, Whitman discusses, “I resist any thing better than my own diversity,” (ll. 65) meaning, nothing is more fundamental or significant than your own unalienable rights and equality. Ultimately, Whitman believes there should be no segregation between the different cultures and skin tones because we are formed from the same contents every thing in the universe is made of,

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